Egg-cellent: Team Norway accidentally orders 13,500 extra eggs

Norway's Winter Olympics team is likely to be eating eggs for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert after a hilarious mix-up left their head chef with egg on his face.

Egg-cellent: Team Norway accidentally orders 13,500 extra eggs

Egg-cellent: Team Norway accidentally orders 13,500 extra eggs

Athletes require calories, namely via macronutrients such as protein and fat. And they need a lot of them. Excellent sources of both of those nutrients, widely consumed by athletes, happen to be eggs.

The Norwegian Olympic team chefs, though, may have outdone themselves just a tad when a Google Translate error at a South Korean grocery store ended in 15,000 eggs being delivered to their site, as opposed to 1,500.

"There was literally no end to the delivery. Absolutely unbelievable," chef Ståle Johansen told Norway's Aftenposten.

Social media has understandably had a field day over Norway's 'scrambled in translation' moment.


Norway has a total of 109 athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea.

With competition beginning on Wednesday, February 7, and the Closing Ceremony concluding the Games on February 25, that would make for roughly seven to eight eggs per day per competitor.

Norway's Chef de Mission Tore Ovrebo laughed off the mistake during a press conference in PyeongChang.

"The eggs were more like a misunderstanding rather than something we needed. So it was an extra zero on the order. S*** happens," Ovrebo said.

That won't be necessary. The chefs were allowed to return the 13,500 surplus in eggs, though the 1,500 remaining will still make for a steady stream of dishes in which eggs are a central ingredient.

And besides, these are Olympic athletes — they need their calories. Many of the athletes in PyeongChang will consume somewhere between 3,000-4,000 calories per day.

Now the Norwegians just have the big decisions to make about how to take their eggs: poached, fried, scambled, on toast, as an omelette, frittata, baked or maybe even an egg salad.

The possibilities are seemingly endless.

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