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Sex in the Olympics 2012

August 6, 2012

Why are we so excited about sex in the Olympic Village?  I can’t figure it out, but people seem terribly excited about the number of condoms passed out in London this year, as if it’s proof that even the Titans have sex.  And what sex it must be, because people keep talking about how many condoms have been purchased.  The Daily Mail called it the “Oh, oh, Olympics”and the “raunchiest Olympics ever”:

In a sign of what the world’s fittest sportsmen and women get up to in the Olympic village, a record 150,000 free condoms – 15 for each competitor – have been made available to them.

The phenomenal outpouring of prophylactics means there will be 50 per cent more available to athletes in London than the 100,000 handed out at the last Olympics in Beijing in 2008.

Personally, I don’t count condom purchase as verification that sex happens, because how old is the whole “wallet condom” joke?  By the time it gets used, it’s so broken you have problems?  Or maybe we could compare condom usage on high school and college campuses by how many free condoms were picked up to see if Olympians really do have more sex than the average high schooler.  Of course, if the high school athletes who are also Olympians are having sex, they have already accomplished feats that put us adults to shame, so maybe practicing safe sex at the Olympic Village isn’t such a big deal.

Brazilian attitudes about sex in the Village seem to be different from those of the Japanese, according to those quoted in a Huff Post article:

Brazil: “(Sex) is common at the Olympics. It’s necessary. It’s natural,” Dr. Joao Olyntho Machado Neto said. “If you are going to be healthy people, why not make sex? … Brazil is very tolerant with sex as a country. We don’t have Victorian minds and we’re not religious.”

Japan:Ask fencer Kanae Ikehata about bed hopping between the apartment buildings, and her blushing cheeks turn even more red.

“I am Japanese,” she said, suggesting her compatriots’ behavior is more elegant than others.

So, maybe depending on what the social norms are, different compatriots might have different views…

Huff Post has at least 5 articles listed in its top search discussing sex at the Olympics.

Athletes told ESPN’s Sam Alipour all the sexy details about life at the Olympic Village — a city within the hosting city consisting of houses, cafes, and even clubs — for the magazine’s 2012 “Body Issue.”

In the report, the ESPN writer revealed some rather scandalous facts, including that 100,000 condoms are ordered for the games. Apparently officials at the 2000 Sydney Games had to put in an order for 20,000 extra condoms after the initial 70,000 ran out. Since then, an order of 100,000 has become the norm.

Even Hope Solo, a soccer star and Olympic gold-medalist, copped to the raucous nights, when sex comes as either a celebratory act or a “consolation prize.”

“I’ve seen people having sex right out in the open. On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty,” Solo told ESPN The Magazine.

Sex out in the “open”?  How dirty, unhygienic, exciting!  Woohoo, give us more dirt on sex in the Olympics!  In shape bodies, crushing losses, exhilarating wins, hot sex!  What more could we ask for???

Tres Sugar has a post about 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sex and the Olympics:

Before the opening ceremonies kick off later this month, here are five things you might not know about sex and the Olympics.

  1. There’s an unofficial condom sponsor. At this year’s London games, British-owned Durex will be providing the tens of thousands of free condoms at the Olympic Village. But don’t expect the brand to advertise that connection, like Coca-Cola or McDonald’s would. Durex didn’t put down $1.6 billion to become an official sponsor, so it can’t.
  2. The condoms are branded. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Olympians were given condoms covered with the games’ motto: “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” Very fitting. Sport-specific condoms — for, say, curling — have also appeared.
  3. There are “days of glory.” An anonymous female Olympian told the New York Post that the days following competition are dubbed Days of Glory. Once athletes are finished with their sports, some take part in partying and hooking up.
  4. McDonald’s makes breakfast the morning after. According to the Post‘s source, after a night of drinking and sleeping together, Olympians hit up McDonald’s at 4:30 a.m. for breakfast.
  5. Condoms run out — but not for the reason you think they do. Apparently 70,000 condoms weren’t enough to hold over Olympians at the 2000 games in Sydney. But that’s not because the athletes were having marathon sex sessions. Todd Lodwick, a former American Nordic combined gold-medalist skier, says, “It’s a tradition — taking so many that they have to replace them.” They also make great souvenirs.

If you’re curious to know more, then go the distance and pick up the book The Secret Olympian, written by an anonymous male member of Great Britain’s 2004 team. has an article about linking the sexuality of Olympians to the sexual nature of gladiator sports:

David Potter, a classics professor at the University of Michigan, compares the current sexual fascination with Olympians to the erotic allure of Roman gladiators. Both males and female gladiators were dressed “very scantily” and were “highly sexualized,” he says, and the women had “at least one breast exposed.” Tales abounded of “wealthy Roman girls running off with gladiators,” he continues. “They weren’t locked up for the night. There were all kinds of bars where you could go meet your favorite gladiator.”

Now you can always find your favorite Olympians on the covers of magazines, scantily clad, as seems always to be the case for women.  You can find the men in advertisements for things like food and razors.  And, well, wealthy people might have more access to Olympians than the average person of average financial status.  Perhaps there is a  comparison between the Olympians and Roman Gladiators, minus the lion, of course.  If you are looking for sex at the Olympics, there seems to be plenty of talk, plenty of prophylactic birth control, but no one seems certain of any action outside the games…

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