Swimming. Running. Sailing. Diving…

There are so many exciting sports to look forward to during the summer Olympics. Once every four years, we are lucky enough to experience the excitement and joy of cheering for our home team while they compete against the rest of the world in 28 different summer sports. With the 2016 Olympics quickly approaching, millions of people across the world are anxiously awaiting the rush of excitement and national pride that comes along with watching their country compete and succeed during the games.

When we think about the Olympics…

We don’t tend to consider the building of the Olympic Village and all of the other necessary facilities and infrastructure that need to be built in order to host the games. Unfortunately, the preparation has not been all fun and games for this year’s competition. The buildings that over 10,000 athletes will supposedly be living in have been classified as uninhabitable due to leaky pipes, insufficient sewage, and electrical problems. The conditions are so unlivable that athletes are being held in hotels until the Village is ready, while others, such as the US Men’s Basketball team, have avoided the situation altogether by opting to stay on a cruise ship, rather than stay at the Village, over the course of the games.

Before the Olympics even begin…

It seems as though facility managers may be the real heroes of the games. It is vital that these living conditions are fixed and who other to fix them then facilities managers and maintenance staff? Not only is it crucial to get these conditions under control, but also other jobs conducted by facilities managers are necessary for the success of the Olympics, such as the building and maintenance of centres for energy, water, power, communication, and transportation. Whether it’s a crisis like this or on a day-to-day basis, the world’s greatest sporting event would not be able to occur without facilities management.

With the Opening Ceremony kicking off tomorrow…

It looks like the extra maintenance and facilities staff that were hired to fix these issues are already the gold medalists of the games. While the athletes are the ones competing for their countries on TV, the facilities managers behind the scenes are continuing to try to make the infrastructure a healthy and safe place for the athletes to reside over the course of the games. Facility managers are currently the glue holding together the Olympics and are making it possible for the show to go on.