Shaun White is a millionaire. Louie Vito was on the popular ABC show "Dancing with the Stars." That doesn't keep either of them from bunking with the rest of the Olympians at the Olympic Village. White and Vito are sharing a room with fellow snowboarder Scotty Lago.
The Olympic Village is state-of-the-art, but as shown below, it is still humble. Athletes like White and Vito share rooms, a small kitchen and a bathroom with a shower curtain available at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Vito said over Twitter that the rooms were cool at the village, but "they just forgot TVs and everything."
Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and the rest of Team USA basketball stayed in rooms with marble bathtubs, oversized beds, butler service, turndown service and, of course, a television with a satellite hookup, DVD player and free movie rentals.It's not that White couldn't afford these accommodations; according to Forbes, White pulled in nearly $8 million last year. But in saying yes to the village, White is saying yes to being a part of Team USA and the camaraderie that comes along with staying in the same place as figure skaters, curlers, skiers and snowboarders.
It's possible White will be staying in private accommodations during competition, but no matter the outcome, his Olympic experience is likely to be much richer than his fellow millionaire Olympians'.