Athletes Tell All: What Hooking Up in the Olympic Village Is Really Like
Take hundreds of the world’s most incredible, young athletes, fly them to a new country every four years to compete, and pack them into village housing — what do you get? The Olympics, yes, but also the breeding ground for potential romance, hook-ups, and partying.
The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games are underway and in between going for the gold, some athletes are going for each other. The Olympians opened up in this video about what getting together in the village is really like as well as some of the hook-up rumors (page 6).
Condoms are everywhere
The athletes have already broken one record at this year’s Winter Games: A record number of condoms have been distributed in the Olympic village. Each Olympian received 37 condoms for the 2018 PyeongChang games. “The condoms are Olympic-strong,” Andrew Kurka, a Paralympic alpine skier, said while laughing.
Joey Manta, a speed skater, confirmed that the organizers were prepping for athletes to get physical even after their events. “It’s a bunch of athletes and they hand out a lot of condoms so, you know, what’re you gonna do?” Adam Rippon, a figure skater, revealed the condoms are Pyeongchang-personalized with Olympic rings. “Wouldn’t you take them?” he asked.
Next: The unspoken Olympian motto.
The motto: ‘What happens in the Olympic Village, stays in the Olympic Village’
This is the motto Olympians like Rico Roman relayed to Cosmopolitan, at least. Everyone seemed to agree on this and remained careful not to relay the subjects of the hook-up stories they told. However, that didn’t stop some of the Olympians from joking about it. “I hooked up with everyone,” alpine skier Laurenne Ross laughed.
Steve Nyman didn’t reveal too many juicy details, but he did give a nice PSA for cuddling. “It’s winter. It’s cold. And you need to snuggle,” he affirmed.
Next: Some athletes rely on a little help from their phones.
Some Olympians use dating apps
The Olympians aren’t shy when it comes to dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, either. “Use your phone, there are so many applications, it’s pretty easy. So, Bumble, Tinder, it’s easy,” Chris Madzder, a luger, said.
Jamie Anderson admitted she was introduced to Tinder at the 2014 Winter Games. “It was the best place to go because everybody on it was just a bunch of hot babe Olympians,” she laughed. There’s one Olympian you won’t find on Tinder: Mikaela Shiffrin. “I don’t have a Tinder, but I don’t want to be offensive to anyone who does have a Tinder.”
Next: Can you blame them? They’re all ridiculously fit.
While others just blame how good looking everyone is
“I mean, it happens,” John Daly, Skeleton, laughed, “Incredibly good looking, perfect bodies, tight spandex, of course, there’s going to be some hooking up. Did you expect anything else?” Mike Schultz agreed, albeit less enthusiastically. “Most of them are pretty good looking,” he confirmed.
Madison Hubbell, an ice dancer, backed Daly up. “Put together a bunch of very fit 20-year-olds in one space with nowhere else to go,” she pointed out, “so, um, there’s probably, definitely, some chemistry that flies around.”
Next: How Olympians adjust when settling into the village.
It’s like ‘the first day of college’
The hook-up games begin the moment teams move in, nearly a week before the opening ceremony. “It’s like the first day of college,” Tony Azevedo, a veteran of Beijing, Athens, and Sydney told ESPN. “You’re nervous, super excited. Everyone’s meeting people and trying to hook up with someone.”
Jamie Greubel Poser and Ava Evans of the U.S. Bobsled team reaffirmed the myth of a college atmosphere. “Maybe, this being our second Olympic games we’ll be with the cool kids and they’ll like, invite us out,” Evans said. “Someone tell us where the party is!” Poser exclaimed.
Next: Even Olympians gossip.
Did someone lose their virginity?
“Ah, I don’t know how gossipy I want to be,” Gus Kenworthy, a freestyle skier, led with before dishing all, “I think there was, like, a loss of virginity in our Olympic Village, which is crazy.”
It’d be tough to get around all of the cameras and security, however, Hilary Knight, an ice hockey player, said. “There’s a lot of downtime, but … you definitely have to be sneaky if you’re going to try and get away with anything.”
Next: Some have already won gold in their relationships.
And others found love
“My hook-ups have always been with my girlfriend at the Olympic Village,” Travis Ganong, alpine skier, confidently said, “That’s all I know about it.” His girlfriend, Marie-Michele Gagnon, a Canadian alpine skier, X.
Mirai Nagasu, a champion figure skater, wasn’t as convinced. “I’m happily in a relationship,” she said with a smile before looking around the room. “Ummm … no. I’m happy in my relationship.”
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