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American athletes show off the many food offerings inside the Olympic Village dining hall

Olympic athletes need their fuel — and the Olympic Village in Beijing is making sure they’re all eating well enough ahead of the Winter Games.

As competitors arrive in China for the start of the Olympics on Friday, some are already sharing a glimpse of life and dining inside the Olympic Village.

American snowboarders Shaun White, 35, and Maddie Maestro, 22, both offered tours of the Athletes’ Dining Hall on TikTok, revealing the long range of buffet dining options with cuisines from around the world whole.

Meanwhile, journalists in town for the event were treated to a different kind of dining experience, with robots descending from the ceiling to drop off meals.

Competitors arrived in Beijing ahead of the Winter Olympics, and some shared tours of the Athletes’ Dining Hall on TikTok

American snowboarder Shaun White featured stalls selling Chinese food, Asian food, world food, pizza and pasta, and something called

American snowboarder Shaun White featured stalls selling Chinese food, Asian food, world food, pizza and pasta, and something called

American snowboarder Shaun White presented stalls of Chinese food, Asian food, world food, pizza and pasta, and something called a “special feature”.

A food stand in the cafeteria includes a salad bar, cold cuts, fruit and desserts

A food stand in the cafeteria includes a salad bar, cold cuts, fruit and desserts

At breakfast there were various fruits and plates of different kinds of cheese

At breakfast there were various fruits and plates of different kinds of cheese

At breakfast there were various fruits and plates of different kinds of cheese

White seemed pleased with the range and reported that the food was good

White seemed pleased with the range and reported that the food was good

He pans around, also showing the pizza and pasta stand

He pans around, also showing the pizza and pasta stand

“We have a lot of questions about what we eat, and they literally have everything,” he said, showing the gloves and mask he was wearing.

White, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in half-pipe snowboarding, has competed at four Olympics in his career, but he always seemed impressed with the offers.

Shaun White, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in half-pipe snowboarding, has competed at four Olympics in his career but always seemed impressed with the offers

Shaun White, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in half-pipe snowboarding, has competed at four Olympics in his career but always seemed impressed with the offers

“We have a lot of questions about what we eat, and they literally have everything,” the athlete, wearing a Team USA mask, said in a video this week.

He pans to show several food stations lined up along one wall, each occupied by employees and led by colored signs indicating what they offer.

The first section includes a salad bar, cold meats, fruits and desserts.

There are also stalls for Chinese food, Asian food, world food, pizza and pasta, and what is called the “special function”.

“We get our tray here, we walk through the queue and we have to wear these plastic gloves to keep it safe,” he said, showing the gloves on his hands.

White appears to have filmed the breakfast video and showed a stand with muffins, croissants, cheese and several kinds of fruit.

Athletes can bring their trays to all shoes for different types of food, which an employee puts on their plate

Athletes can bring their trays to all shoes for different types of food, which an employee puts on their plate

Maddie Maestro, who is in her second Olympics, also showcased the long list of dining options, including breakfast offerings

Maddie Maestro, who is in her second Olympics, also showcased the long list of dining options, including breakfast offerings

Diners could pick up croissants, muffins and other pastries using tongs

Diners could pick up croissants, muffins and other pastries using tongs

Other offerings included white rice, broccoli and congee

Other offerings included white rice, broccoli and congee

Other offerings included white rice, broccoli and congee

The salad bar seems to have lots of different vegetables and dressings to choose from

The salad bar seems to have lots of different vegetables and dressings to choose from

Maestro filmed herself eating hard-boiled eggs and muffins

Maestro filmed herself eating hard-boiled eggs and muffins

Maestro filmed herself eating hard-boiled eggs and muffins

Maestro grabbed a bottle of water and a cup of Costa coffee before eating

Maestro grabbed a bottle of water and a cup of Costa coffee before eating

Maddie Maestro, 22, is in her second Olympic Games.  She had already finished 12th in PyeongChang in 2018

Maddie Maestro, 22, is at her second Olympic Games. She had already finished 12th in PyeongChang in 2018

“The food is really good,” he says.

Maestro, who is in his second Olympics, also showcased the long list of dining options, including breakfast offerings.

She had already finished 12th in PyeongChang in 2018, just nine days before she turned 18. She also won gold and silver at the FIS Snowboard World Championships.

Maestro also zoomed in for more close-ups of some of the dishes served, including Steamed broccoli, white rice, noodles and congee.

Other breakfast foods included boiled eggs, roast potatoes, beans and omelettes.

Servers can be seen wearing pastel pink and blue aprons, as well as caps, gloves, face masks and plastic face shields.

Other COVID precautions include lines on the ground measuring social distancing.

Maestro grabbed a bottle of water and a cup of Costa coffee before eating.

Once the athletes receive their food, they bring their trays to tables that have been partitioned off with plexiglass dividers.

In a separate dining room for journalists, food is assembled by robots, which can be seen behind glass on one side of the room

In a separate dining room for journalists, food is assembled by robots, which can be seen behind glass on one side of the room

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There’s an AI “chef” that makes burgers, a robot that grinds coffee beans, and a robot that runs the bar and can whip up drinks in 90 seconds

Once the food is ready, the machinery rises to the ceiling, where a robotic arm lowers each plate to the tables below.

Once the food is ready, the machinery rises to the ceiling, where a robotic arm lowers each plate to the tables below.

A diner can take their food and eat in a single cabin

A diner can take their food and eat in a single cabin

There also appear to be pick-up stations to receive robot-assembled foods through small holes near where they are prepared.

There also appear to be pick-up stations to receive robot-assembled foods through small holes near where they are prepared.

Meanwhile, the dining room is a little different for members of the media covering the games.

In a separate dining room for journalists, food is assembled by robots, visible behind glass on one side of the room.

According to Delightthere’s a smart “chef” that makes burgers, a robot that grinds coffee beans, and a robot that runs the bar and can whip up drinks in 90 seconds.

Once the food is ready, the machinery rises to the ceiling, where a a robotic arm lowers each plate to the tables below, where a diner can pick up their food and eat in a single-person booth.

There also appear to be pick-up stations to receive robot-assembled foods through small holes near where they are prepared.