The Winter Olympics are in full swing, and as true Dutchies we cannot deny we kinda like it. Like… a lot. Winter sports are our thing. This year the Olympic game takes place in PyeonChang, South-Korea. But we thought it would be cool to bring a bit of Winter Olympics to Amsterdam as well. We listed you some great facts on the Olympics and will tell you our secret why you should bring a visit to East57 these days!
A brief history of the Winter Olympics
- The first Winter Olympics took place in Chamonix, France, in 1924. Before that, sports like ice skating and ice hockey were part of the Olympics that took place in the summer.
- Drug testing. Quite an issue these days. But did you know that drug testing was first implemented at the Olympics in 1968?
- 1992 was the last year that Summer and Winter Olympics took place in the exact same year.
- The first person ever to win a golden medal was the American triple jumper James Connolly. At that point he studied at Harvard, who refused Connolly some time off for the Olympics. Dedicated as he was, he went to the Olympics and got kicked out of school. Years after, he was offered an honorary doctorate from Harvard, which Connolly then refused to accept.
- One of the best Olympic anecdotes of all times took place in our beloved Amsterdam. Australian rower Henry Peace participated in the quarter finals in 1928. When he rowed in full speed, suddenly a duck family crossed the river. Pearce stopped for the animals and continued after the ducks crossed over. Eventually he won the golden medal. Karma. 😉
- This year is the very first year that countries Eritrea, Kosovo and Malaysia participate.
- The Dutch are always proud on their Winter Olympics team. Up to now, Dutch sportsmen and sportswomen received 117 medals of which 40 gold ones in only 23 editions of Winter Olympics. And we’re still counting, because another week of Winter Olympics 2018 PyeonChang is ahead.
So what does East57 have to do with this all?
Well… in short: not much. But winners need good meals, and that’s why East57 serves a very special Olympic menu, assembled for true winners. For die-hards, sportsmen, sportfans, and for everyone who could use some nutritious food. And while the kitchen of East57 is usually inspired on the authentic Dutch cuisine, this time we added a dash of Korean flavors. What do you think of ‘lange latten op brioche’ (lange latten is the Dutch word for skis), ‘gimbap’ (some authentic Korean cuisine) or ‘tuigim saengsun’ (a Korean inspired fish dish).
To top it off you of course cannot miss the ‘gouden plak’ (gold medal) which consists of a dreamy chocolate cake with some green tea ice cream. O and in case you dream of participating in the Olympics yourself, go ahead and start practicing on the ice skating rink at Jaap Eden IJsbaan.