Monday’s Olympic Chaos Story Number 2: Hear the one about nine hacks in a lift?
Get the feeling this whole Olympic thing is a fortnight of anarchy waiting to happen? A number of journalists had a bit of a scare this morning.
American world champion hurdler Kerron Clement had a four-hour journey from Heathrow Airport to the Olympic village last week as his bus driver struggled to read his map.
Irish gymnast Kieran Behan had a similar story this morning when he had a circuitous route from the village to the gymnastics arena – and at around about the same time there was surely plenty of panic in one claustrophobic spot at the Main Press Centre when nine journalists found themselves trapped in a lift.
For more than an hour.
Two Americans, two Koreans, two Chinese, two Britons and a South African were forced to engage in “repeated activations” of the emergency button during their ordeal.
We don’t care how big that lift was; getting stuck in one for 68 minutes must rank up there as one of life’s most dreaded experiences, especially when the emergency button requires “repeated activations”.
The South African involved, Gary Lemke, has written about his experiences over here.