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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Sex in the Olympic Village

Kirkaracha at Sports Filter comes up with an outstanding link to an article in the Scotsman:

At the Albertville winter Olympics, condom machines in the athletes' village had to be refilled every two hours. And in Sydney the organisers' original order of 70,000 condoms went so fast that they had to order 20,000 more. Even with the replenishment, the supply was exhausted three days before the end of the competition schedule. (For the record, athletes who were in Sydney report that the Cuban delegation was the first to use up its allocation.) Salt Lake City in 2002 went even bigger: 250,000 condoms were handed out, despite the objections of the city's Mormon leadership.

"There's a lot of sex going on. You get a lot of people who are in shape, and, you know, testosterone's up and everybody's attracted to everybody," says Breaux Greer, a shaggy-blond Californian who competed in the javelin at the Sydney Games.

If only I had worked harder at sports in my younger days...

Do go read the whole thing, including some amazingly candid quotes from former Olympians. As rcade adds in the Sports Filter thread, commenting on how athletes who are eliminated earlier have more time to party:

So, basically, being a bad Olympic athlete means two weeks of hedonistic sex with some of the most physically fit people in the world.

So much for Jim McKay's "agony of defeat."

This is the kind of human interest reporting I would actually sit and watch during NBC's coverage. Somehow, I have a feeling we'll hear about how a pole vaulter is dedicating the competition to his dad's fight against prostate cancer instead.