Aussie Olympic Team bus lost in London on way to Olympic Village
A bus containing Australian Olympic Team athletes spent several hours lost in London today after an inexperienced bus driver couldn’t find his way from Heathrow to the London Olympic Village.
A BUS containing Australian Olympic Team athletes spent several hours lost in London today after an inexperienced bus driver couldn’t find his way from Heathrow to the London Olympic Village.
Despite the fact that their route was supposedly meant to have been fast-tracked along special Olympic lanes – the Aussie Olympians spent three hours on the bus because their driver didn’t know how to use the buses inbuilt navigation system.
“He admitted this was the first time he had taken the route and no one had taught him how the navigation system works because it operates off GPS,” Australian official Damian Kelly told the UK’s Telegraph.
“One of the doctors on board got it working for him, but then the Olympic Village hadn’t been loaded into the system and everyone was trying to find the name of the street that the village was in. In the end another physio got out his iPhone and gave directors to the bus driver via his phone.
“It would have been a great tourist trip if that is what you are here for.”
The Aussies weren’t the only ones to spend hours on the road lost around the 2012 Olympic city though. A bus full of US Olympians also suffered at the hands of an inexperienced driver.
The Americans were on their bus for nearly four hours and two-time world 400 metres hurdles champion Kerron Clement tweeted his displeasure at the delay.
“Um, so we’ve been lost on the road for 4 hrs. Not a good first impression London,” Clement tweeted from onboard the bus.
“Athletes are sleepy, hungry and need to pee. Could we get to the Olympic Village please.”
Despite the calamities, a Locog spokeswoman played down the London 2012 embarrasment.
“We will do over 100 bus journeys today. It is day one and we have only had one or two issues where journeys have taken longer than planned. The vast majority of journeys have been fine,” the spokeswoman said.
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