There's a big difference between the Olympic Village and the isolation hotels in Beijing — and athletes don't seem impressed.
Every day, athletes and teammates have to get tested for COVID-19, and a positive result can seriously screw up four years of training and planning.
If an athlete tests positive, they are taken to an isolation hotel until their symptoms improve. That sounds pretty standard during the pandemic, but athletes are hating the conditions of isolation.
Athletes have complained about the food, a lack of internet access and no access to exercise equipment while in isolation.
One photo, in particular, has gone viral online after Russian athlete Valeria Vasnetsova showed everyone what her daily meals are like in isolation.
"My stomach hurts, I’m very pale and I have huge black circles around my eyes. I want all this to end. I cry every day. I’m very tired," wrote Vasnetsova.
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Vasnetsova has since taken down her Instagram post and set her account to private, but the photo is still making the rounds online. USA Today translated her original post to English before it was deleted.
"I've been getting this for breakfast, lunch and dinner for five days now. I've lost a lot of weight and my bones are sticking out. I can't eat anything else, I don't know anything about my corona tests," she wrote in the post.
"I only sleep all day because I don't even have the strength to get out of bed. I only eat three handfuls of pasta a day because it's just impossible to eat the rest of the food."
A photo of the meal shows small portions of pasta and other food items served in a tray.
Vasnetsova also claimed that she and other athletes are getting worse food than others in isolation, according to the Associated Press.
“I honestly don’t understand, why is there this attitude to us, the athletes?!” said Vasnetsova.
The quarantine food is obviously a huge departure from the Olympic Village dining hall, where athletes can pick cuisine from around the world to eat.
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Olympic officials said Monday that they've had a call with athletes in order to hear their concerns about conditions in isolation.
"We're working both across the system and individually to address all of the feedback that we get from those athletes," said IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell.
According to the Associated Press, there have already been some good developments: Vasnetsova's food has suddenly gotten better, and she'll soon be getting an exercise bike.