The cardboard beds in the village during the Tokyo Games had fuelled many conversations, with many athletes sharing photos and videos on social media. These bed bases of the Airweave brand will make their comeback in Paris in a year, the Japanese firm having responded to the call for expressions of interest.
"We are very happy to be in France, in the country where Pierre de Coubertin created the Olympic Games," said Montokuni Takaoka, Airbus President and CEO, with a broad smile. The friendly Japanese boss, whose company will supply the box springs, mattresses, pillows and duvets for 16,000 athletes, is rather proud of the technology of his products. The bed bases are made of recycled cardboard and will be made of France. The duvets are reversible: a blue side for the Olympic Games, a green side for the Paralympic Games (athletes can leave with it). As for the mattresses, coming from Japan they are "breathable and resistant to body pressure."
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According to a study, sleeping on this type of mattress would allow athletes to improve their performance. The mattresses, in size 90 x 200 cm - that Teddy Riner is reassured, it is possible to add a block and push the length to 220 cm - are presented in 3 blocks. "The mattresses are customizable," boasts the entrepreneur.
Depending on the height, weight and skeleton of the athlete who, arriving in the village, will pass in front of a machine that will take his measurements. This will then indicate the best combination for him: soft, moderate, firm or extrafirm... The firmness of each block varies from side to side. The athlete can then arrange them as he pleases which, according to the company, will ensure a real restful sleep.
The unity of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in a quilt
In Tokyo, this system was already offered, but Montokuni Takaoka admits that the system, with a zip, was impractical. The company has therefore improved it, this time with a fitted sheet, which will be enough to remove to arrange the three blocks as it wishes. Like Tony Estanguet, boss of the Games, present at the presentation, we tested the bed.
Like the athletes in Tokyo (but with less ease), we jumped on the mattress to realize the strength of the cardboard bed base (it will be white, according to the choice of the athletes' commission). Montokuni Takaoka promises "that by putting 5 people at it", the bed resists. To limit the risks, we jumped to three people at the same time. Without incident.
The mattress with 3 blocks also keeps its promises, even if we were content with only a few minutes on the mattress. Our favourite? The toss or tail quilt, symbol of the unity of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.