How the Norwegian Winter Olympics team received thousands of eggs thanks to a translation typo

Norway’s Olympics team is used to performing well during the Winter Olympics. They even finished the Sochi Olympics with 11 gold medals and are hoping for another productive competition in Pyeongchang this year.

Could their secret to such results rest in the scrambled eggs they eat for breakfast?

Planning for the meals ahead, one of the chefs for Norway’s delegation of 109 athletes jumped on Google Translate to order 1,500 eggs.

But a typo was made and the Korean translation indicated for 15,000 eggs to be delivered instead. Almost 140 for every athlete! The photo published by the Norwegian paper Trønder-Avisa shows the chefs with part of the truckload of eggs they received.

Tore Ovrebo, one of the chefs, commented in a press conference the team found that misunderstanding more funny than anything: “It’s not a big deal […] only a matter of an extra zero.”  Stale Johansen, another Norwegian chef, added in an interview with NTB reported by Afternposten: “We were quite surprised when they started unloading the eggs. There was no end in sight. Absolutely amazing.”

Fortunately, they were able to return most of the eggs to the store. The rest will become omelets, boiled eggs, fried eggs and scrambled eggs with salmon, a meal that, according to the chefs, is one of the athletes’ favorites.

The Olympics are set to last two weeks and employ dozens of translators and interprets in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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