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Olympic Village's Cardboard Bed Breaks With Nine Athletes

Rebecca Shepherd

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Olympic Village's Cardboard Bed Breaks With Nine Athletes

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/bwangah

It seems the cardboard beds in the Olympic Village have been seeing a lot more action than intended, as people try to establish how much weight they can take - and it's taken a total of nine athletes to break one of them. You can watch video footage here:


Team Israel's Ben Wanger posted the video on his TikTok account.

Testing their capacity, Wanger enlisted eight others to help him, with the bed eventually breaking as nine people jumped on it in unison.

Takashi Kitajima, the general manager of the athletes' village, has said that the beds can hold up to 440 pounds (199.6kg).

The plan is for them to be recycled into paper after the games, with the mattress components to be recycled into plastic products.

Credit: TikTok/bwangah
Credit: TikTok/bwangah

Anyway, more on Wanger.

At the beginning of the video, he explains: "Been getting a lot of questions about the beds in the Olympic Village, so today we're gonna check and see how many Israelis it takes to break one of these cardboard beds."

Wanger, who is a member of the Israeli Olympic baseball team, gives it a go on his own at first. Then one by one, his team members join in.

The bed finally gives in after nine fully grown men jump simultaneously and even then, the entire thing doesn't collapse - instead, the slats give way.

Credit: TikTok/bwangah
Credit: TikTok/bwangah
Credit: TikTok/bwangah
Credit: TikTok/bwangah

Ben's video has been watched by over 420,000 people and has more than 57,000 likes. He captioned his post: "Anyone got an extra bed for me?"

One follower pointed out the obvious, commenting: "I feel like this would've been a better ~end of games~ experiment."

Another added: "Imagine explaining to your coach how you broke your leg before the competition."

While an unhappy third wrote: "What absolute tools for breaking beds unnecessarily. The whole point was to be eco friendly. I hope they didn't replace it."

Rumour suggested the beds were constructed out of cardboard to prevent Olympians from engaging in a little 'extra-curricular' activity, with many dubbing them 'anti-sex beds'.

However, this theory has been... erm, 'debunked'. Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan set the record straight last week and called out the 'fake news', demonstrating the durability of his bed by jumping up and down on it.

He's a good jumper - unsurprisingly. Credit: Twitter/@McClenaghanRhys
He's a good jumper - unsurprisingly. Credit: Twitter/@McClenaghanRhys

In a video shared on Twitter, the 21-year-old said: "In today's episode of fake news at the Olympic Games, the beds are meant to be 'anti-sex'.

"They're made out of cardboard, yes. But apparently they're meant to break at any sudden movements.

"It's fake - fake news."

Topics: SPORT, Entertainment, Tokyo Olympics

Rebecca Shepherd
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