SOCHI, Russia – We visited the Mountain Athletes Village on Thursday, which is a surreal snow-covered outpost that features plushies, ice rabbits and other low oxygen hallucinations.
We thought we were having another one when we spied NBC’s venerable Lester Holt interview Jamaican bobsledding legend Winston Watts, but was in fact the 46-year-old driver. So we flipped on the camera, hit record and witnessed … well, the happiest man alive and his massive hugging of NBC personnel.
Stay tuned for a few questions with the iconic Olympian as well.
(As you can see, this is raw footage. We’d normally whittle it down but had a formatting issue, so enjoy real-time Winston Watts.)
This is, of course, one of the reasons the athletes love being in the village during the games: Meeting other athletes they admire. And everyone was looking for a photo op with the Jamaican bobsledder, although no one had the guts to have everyone say “COOL RUNNINGS MON!” when the photo was taken. Nor to have him kiss their egg, or vice versa.