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A team USA snowboarder says that Beijing's high-tech beds beat out the cardboard ones from Tokyo

Maria Noyen   

A team USA snowboarder says that Beijing's high-tech beds beat out the cardboard ones from Tokyo
  • Team USA snowboarder Tessa Maud is a big fan of the beds athletes have at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
  • The 18-year-old told Insider she loved the high-tech bed so much she's getting sent some for home.

Team USA snowboarder Tessa Maud said she's "obsessed" with the beds at the 2022 Winter Olympics on TikTok, and may have made athletes from the summer games "jealous" because they slept on ones made from cardboard.

18-year-old Maud, who competed in her first Olympic Games in Beijing this year, told Insider the bed has different high-tech settings, which are "so sick."

"It's so comfortable, I slept so well and I even slept well before my comp day," Maud, who is originally from Carlsbad, California, told Insider. The snowboarder, who has over 56,000 followers on TikTok, shared a video about the bed on February 3 after a person asked whether winter Olympians were given the famous cardboard beds from the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.

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In the video, which has amassed over 255,000 views at the time of writing, Maud shows the bed off in what she describes as its "breathing mode" where two sides of the bed are "lifted up." She shows how the beds have a remote that can put them in all different sorts of modes.

"Last night I slept in zero gravity mode and it was amazing," she says in the video. "I didn't wake up one time and I slept from 7:30 to 5 a.m., so I'm very happy about it."

According to Maud, the zero gravity mode is when the bed elevates your head and feet so you sleep in it "like an M-shape."

"I love this bed, literally obsessed," she concludes in the video. Fellow Team USA Olympian Summer Britcher, who competes in the luge, posted her own TikTok on January 27 saying the Beijing organizing committee one-upped Tokyo when it came to accommodation.

The rave reviews for the Winter Olympics sleeping situation contrasted those of athletes who competed in the Tokyo games.

Organizers at the time said the cardboard beds in Tokyo were sustainable, recyclable, and stronger than wood. They caused division among Olympians like US Olympic skateboarder Nyjah Huston, who called them "hard" and "uncomfortable" and US sprinter Gabby Thomas, who told Insider's Anna Medaris Miller the mattresses were "really, really hard, and so were the pillows." She also called the sleeping experience "brutal."

Maud told Insider she's also seen one female summer Olympian respond to comments about the bed comparisons. "She was so sad, she's like 'I cannot believe we had to deal with these awful beds and you guys get these good ones. I'm so jealous,'" Maud said.

"We lucked out," she added. Her love for them has since gone on to catch the attention of the manufacturers, who she said have offered to send her some for back home.

"They actually reached out to me and they're going to send me some beds, I'm so excited about it," she said.


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