Athletes require calories, namely via macronutrients such as protein and fat. And they need a lot of them. Excellent sources of both of those nutrients, widely consumed by athletes, happen to be eggs. The Norwegian Olympic team chefs, though, may have outdone themselves just a tad when a Google Translate error at a South Korean grocery store ended in 15,000 eggs being delivered to their site, as opposed to 1,500.
“There was literally no end to the delivery. Absolutely unbelievable,” chef Ståle Johansen told Norway’s Aftenposten.
Norway has a total of 109 athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea. With competition beginning on Wednesday, February 7, and the Closing Ceremony concluding the Games on February 25, that would make for roughly seven to eight eggs per day per competitor.
That won’t be necessary. The chefs were allowed to return the 13,500 surplus in eggs, though the 1,500 remaining will still make for a steady stream of dishes in which eggs are a central ingredient. And besides, these are Olympic athletes — they need their calories. Many of the athletes in PyeongChang will consume somewhere between 3,000-4,000 calories per day. The United States ski and snowboarding teams alone will have 3,000 meals prepped for them throughout the Games.
Should they need extra supplies, at least they know this: There’s no shortage of eggs in PyeongChang.
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