Ukrainian gymnast Oleg Vernyaevthe winner of the 2016 Olympics, spoke about how the power outage affects athletes:
“When the lights are turned off, the connection is lost. I live at the Olympic base, I don’t live at home. When I call my parents, and there is no connection, I can still call my uncle to check. If he doesn’t have it either, then I understand that there is no light. At the base, the light also turns off, and the connection also disappears from time to time.
When the lights were turned off for the first time, it was terrible. We were in training, the time was around 18:00. We are training, the young man is working on the crossbar. He makes an element – the sun on the crossbar. He lets go of his hands, flies over the bar, and at this time the lights turn off. On the machine, you can take and complete the element. But if you do not grab the crossbar, you will fly down.
Since there is no light, coordination does not work at all. And this is the worst. You don’t know where you are. And it’s very dangerous. We immediately turned on the flashlights on our phones and started shouting: how are you, how are you? He says everything is fine. But it is very dangerous when you are not in control of the situation. Now we have bought flashlights and batteries so that we can conduct training normally.”