The New York Times reported that German athletes at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, on the recommendation of the doctor, drink non-alcoholic beer after training to recover for the competition. For this purpose, the Krombacher brewery sent about 3.5 thousand liters of this drink to the Olympic Village.
German skeleton team. Holiday pictures AP
The initiator of beer drinking in the team was the teacher of the Technical University of Munich, Johannes Scherr, who was appointed the doctor of the ski team. In 2009, he discovered that non-alcoholic beer reduces inflammation and respiratory tract infections – this, in his opinion, positively affects the condition of athletes. The study was funded by one of the beer companies.
“This is an excellent drink after a training or tournament,” said biathlete Simon Schempp, who won a silver medal in South Korea. Skier Linus Strasser confirmed that athletes use beer as an isotonic.
According to The New York Times, many Germans in other sports also drink a non-alcoholic drink to restore strength. Also, the media noticed representatives of the Canadian delegation with beer at 9 o’clock in the morning.
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Team Germany at the Olympics is in second place in the informal medal standings with 23 medals (11 gold). Journalists noted that Krombacher also sent 11,000 liters of alcoholic beverages to South Korea for athletes who have already completed the competition.