Talk about too many eggs! Well Norway’s athletes at the Winter Games ended up with as many as 15,000! No, we are not kidding
Norwegian chefs wanted to buy 1,500 eggs to feed their Olympic athletes but a mix-up means there was a comedy of errors.
Norway’s army of nutritional experts were left shell-shocked in Pyeongchang when a lorry delivered 15,000 eggs, apparently because an online purchase got lost in translation.
“We received a truck-load of eggs,” chef Stale Johansen told Norwegian news agency NTB.
“We were quite surprised when they came carrying the eggs — there was no end to it, incredible!” he added.
Nobody will have seen this coming. Now to make an omelette you need to break eggs. Well now you got 15,000 to use!
While vastly experienced in keeping their athletes in peak conditions, Norway’s chefs appear to have cracked under the early pressure, but at least their athletes will get plenty of protein.
Norway’s chef de mission Tore Ovrebo saw the funny side, calculating that the country’s delegation of 121 athletes and officials would have to eat 124 eggs each. Now that’s quite a number per person.
“It was an extra zero on the order, so 1,500 to 15,000,” he explained. So now we know what went wrong.
“They will probably use them I guess and I don’t know, maybe the people that supplied us with them will take them back. It’s not a big issue.”
What is certain is that Norway’s team of chefs will need a crash course in Korean — or to polish their Google Translate skills — if they want to avoid another eggs-traordinary culinary fail at these Olympics.
But at the moment, let’s soak in the moment as the first surprise of the games, that too outside the sporting arena, takes centrestage.