Scrambled in translation? Norway Olympics team orders 15000 eggs by mistake

Lynette Rowe
February 9, 2018

According to Trønder-Avisa, a Norwegian Newspaper, Norwegian chefs attempted to order 1,500 eggs to cook for their athletes for the next few weeks.

In preparation for this month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics the Norwegian team was gathering their supplies, the kitchen crew made a decision to go to a local store to order enough eggs to last the games.

The chefs blamed a Google translation typo for the order. Their registered 121-strong delegation of athletes and officials would get plenty of protein, eating 124 eggs each. "It's not a big issue".

Amid the confusion, the chefs asked the driver to tell them how many eggs the order included.

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Speaking to reporters Norway's chef de mission Tore Ovrebo said, "They will probably use them I guess and I don't know, maybe the people that supplied us with them will take them back I don't know".

Luckily for the team, they did not have to shell out for the extra eggs and were able to return the 13,500 extras.

"The biggest challenge is that we will serve food nearly 24 hours a day", chef Johansen told Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

To cater for the 109 athletes for the 109 Norwegian athletes at the Pyeongchang Games, the team's chefs used Google translate to attempt to purchase 1500 eggs from a local shop. "In the meantime we are hoping for 30 medals".

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