They’ve come too far, for much too lengthy, to mess all of it up now.
And so the eight members of the Canadian males’s curling crew are spending the three weeks before the Winter Olympics sequestered in a rental house in Vancouver. They practice solely when the rink close by is empty and in any other case go the time capturing pool, sitting in a scorching tub and occupied with their households again house.
“It’s like a frat house without the booze,” stated 2010 gold medalist Marc Kennedy, an alternate on this 12 months’s crew, who is coping with the disappointment of lacking one in all his daughters’ dance recitals. “Everybody here has pretty wonderful spouses.”
As hundreds of Olympians worldwide collectively hurtle via the ultimate weeks of preparation for the 2022 Games in Beijing, they’re integrating a brand new train into their every day regimens:
Sidestepping Covid-19, by no matter means vital.
With the Feb. 4 opening ceremony of their sights, athletes are chopping off contact with family members, altering the very methods they practice and, in lots of instances, ceasing all actions exterior the realms of competition. The activity has felt more and more herculean amid a world surge in coronavirus instances infected by the extremely contagious Omicron variant.
The emotional toll of all this, of dwelling in worry of getting sick, of totally disrupting their lives to keep away from it, has been as taxing as their hardest exercises. But the various — contracting the coronavirus, being pressured to sit down out the Games and, in impact, erasing years of preparation and anticipation for this singular second of their careers — is just too devastating to ponder.