It appears the US men’s and women’s basketball teams are avoiding the issues in the Athletes Village at the Olympics altogether.
According to several reports, both teams will be staying on the Silversea Silver Cloud, a 196-cabin, luxury cruise ship, and not the Athletes Village.
However, US soccer great Julie Foudy said on “Mike & Mike” Wednesday that she wouldn’t want to stay on a cruise ship — being in the Athletes Village is part of the experience.
“You always make the joke, like, ‘Oh, where’s basketball staying and we’re here in the Olympic Village?'” Foudy said. She continued, saying it’s “special” to be around the other Olympians.
“That’s the neat thing about the Olympics — so many of these athletes, they don’t make a ton of money, they train for four years to compete, and they realise, ‘Look, this is a blessing that I have this chance to represent the United States of America…’
“And there’s something special, actually, to that bonding experience of staying in the village together. I wouldn’t wanna stay on that Olympic cruise ship, I mean that cruise liner, that nice one. Because you don’t get the flavour of being around all the other Olympians and all the other athletes from the United States and really, across the world. That’s the magic of it.”
Foudy has a point. While the cruise ship is likely more comfortable, and perhaps safer, with reports saying there will be over 200 security guards around the ship, the basketball players will miss the experience and culture of being around the other Olympians.
Then again, athletes who are currently in the village, like Andrew Bogut, may not agree with that sentiment.
Here is the ship, the “Silver Cloud,” docked at Rio’s Maua Port Terminal.
The 196-cabin ship features a pool deck, casino, library, beauty salon, bar, and fitness room. It also comes with white-glove service.
Watch Foudy’s comments below:
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