I don’t know if something changes in the translation or what, but I find the posts on the Olympics website very amusing. Click here to read the full interview with Werner Augsburger, head of the Swiss delegation, as he discusses everything from his Federer decorated apartment in the Village to the famous “cool and clear” air of Beijing. Or just read below for the Fed-related parts:
Ironically,the only athlete to be featured on a poster in the Swiss apartments, Federer, will not be living in the Olympic village. Augsburger explains: “The star of the Swiss team is, no doubt, Federer because he has given us so much pride and joy in the tennis world. He is sure to draw a lot of attention.”
Augsburger further explains, “It’s not because Federer doesn’t like living in the Olympic village. It’s because he has his own habits and prefers to live by himself.” It looks like this is the case for many star athletes, who in an effort to avoid harassment from the press and fans, are staying away from busy areas. “But Federer will definitely find some day to come visit everybody at the Olympic Village and walk around,” Augsburger added.
The day of the Opening Ceremony (August 8) is also, coincidentally, the day of Federer’s 27th birthday. Will Federer celebrate with his delegation after the Opening Ceremony, where he is the Swiss flag bearer? It has been a tradition in Olympic history that whenever it’s an athlete’s birthday, a simple birthday party will always be thrown and a special present given to the birthday man/woman. Will Federer enter the Olympic Village then? When asked, Augsburger only smiled but said nothing.
The last sentence is my favorite!