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Zdeno Chara on tiny Olympic beds: ‘I don’t think it’s going to be anything bad’

02.04.14 at 11:59 am ET
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While the lodging accommodations (or lack thereof) for media in Sochi have made headlines recently, it appears that the athletes won’t have the most luxurious stay for the Olympics either.

One thought comes to mind at the sight of those tiny beds: What in the world is Zdeno Chara going to do?

Chara, the tallest player in the NHL and the captain of Slovakia’s Olympic hockey team, might have a hard time properly resting his 6-foot-9, 255-pound body in that small a space, but he doesn’t seem overly concerned.

“I’ve been in Russia many times, and yeah, there are many different levels of hotels from one-star, two-star to really luxury ones,” Chara said. “I’m sure it’s not going to be a five-star accommodation, but I don’t think it’s going to be anything bad. Really, as an athlete, we’re more looking for getting enough rest and a good night’s sleep and obviously good food. That’s all you should really care about — not what kind of pillows.”

Though that picture makes the rooms look especially crammed, Chara, who played in both the Torino and Vancouver Olympics, said that in his Olympic experience it’s common to have three players to a room.

“I think that you can choose to have one or two roommates; it depends on what sport, I guess,” Chara said. “But yeah, usually you always have a roommate, but every village is a little bit different. You can have kind of like a common area for certain rooms where you can watch TV, or each room can have a TV. It depends. I don’t know what it’s going to be like.”

Chara will leave the Bruins prior to Thursday’s game to carry the flag for Slovakia in Friday’s opening ceremonies. He will not play Thursday or Saturday for the B’s.

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