"Wooo", "heyyy", "aaaah." The Swiss football team is playing against Gabon in its opening game of the Olympics. The crowd is screaming while watching it on the screen of the House of Switzerland. If the masses don't get out of control, you can feel it: the Olympic spirit is more intense in the Red Zone.
The Olympic torch relay came close to the Red Zone. And Swiss athletes gave several press conferences in the House of Switzerland, where they were enjoying their home away from home.
Dressed in red and white, they talked about their ambitions, their dreams, and their passionate will to be part of the 30th Olympiad. "I wasn't expecting to pass the qualifications, but here I am. These are my first games, I just want to give everything I can," explains a smiling Sabrina Jaquet, 25 years old. The shooting team, the canoeists, the artistic gymnasts, the swimmers, and the beach-volleyball players shared publicly their will to win in the Red Zone.
The meeting of the day was Stanislas Wawrinka, the tennis player who won the gold medal in men's doubles at the Beijing Olympics. He is expecting an intense weekend, starting with carrying the Swiss flag at the opening ceremony. "Stan is an Olympic champion, well known in Sports Director of the Swiss Olympic Association.
Swiss tennis player, Stanislas Wawrinka, will have an intense weekend. He will carry the Swiss flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. And he'll play against British favourite Andy Murray in the first round of the tennis tournament. "It is a beautiful challenge", said Stan. Good luck. The Red Zone is waiting for your medal celebration.