Gas Leaks, Fires, Thieves: Australia Is Having a Bad Time at the Olympics
The Australian athletes are already finding themselves facing down the
Australian Olympic boss calls Olympic village uninhabitable
"We decided to do a 'stress test' where taps and toilets were simultaneously turned on in apartments on several floors to see if the system could cope once the athletes are in-house," Kitty Chiller said in a statement last week. "The system failed. Water came down walls, there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was 'shorting' in the electrical wiring."
In response, Rio's mayor Eduardo Paes joked that he would put a kangaroo in front of the building.
Australian athletes eventually move into village, are promptly met with gas leaks
Artistic gymnast (?) Larissa Miller claimed she smelled gas after she moved in, even though "emergency repairs" were done to make sure everything was in order before her arrival. "But they were onto it straight away. They came and fixed it," she assured the Australian Associated Press.
Australian athletes have "Zika shirts" stolen during fire evacuation
The embattled Kitty Chiller
Australian women's water polo team hit by gastroenteritis outbreak
Australian rowers forced to borrow boats and oars
Though the women's eight team ended up in Rio after a stroke of good luck-which is to say after the Russian teams were
busted for doping
Australian sailors will rely on 1) Not falling out of the boat and 2) Keeping their mouths closed to avoid terrible water pollution
"They are just getting on with it," Kitty Chiller explained today . Other protective measures include immediate, post-race showers, incessant hand-washing, and "avoiding touching ropes or boats with bare hands."
Good luck, Australia!