We're in the homestretch of the 2012 Olympic Games (sad), but athletes aren't done scoring. According to estimates from super-stud Ryan Lochte, about three-fourths of the 11,000 athletes in Olympic Village are hooking up. And with more free time, what else are these buff bods to do?
"You could win a gold medal, and you can sleep with a really hot guy,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Carrie Sheinberg, an alpine skier at the '94 Winter Games and a reporter for subsequent Olympics. She describes the Village as "just a magical, fairy-tale place, likeÃ‚Â Alice in Wonderland, where everything is possible." (Apparently we read the wrong fairy tales growing up.)
Similarly, Hope Solo told ESPN, "I've seen people having sex right out in the open. On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty."
While such comments have made sex in Olympic Village the talk of the country, getting sexy before the games is nothing new: Condoms were first distributed in significant numbers in 1988 at the Seoul Games, and at the 1990 Albertville Winter Games officials were rumored to refill the condom machines every two hours. It took only one week for athletes at the Olympic Village at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games to run out of the 70,000 rub gloves supplied. And this year London provided more than 100,000 condoms in the Olympic Village.
Now, before you get all judgey-wudgey and think the athletes arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t taking things seriously, consider this: Sex is the best natural stress reliever these athletes can get during whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s undoubtedly the most stressful time of their lives, says Lisa Thomas, licensed sex and relationship therapist in Colorado. She notes that drinking, smoking, and prescription pills are banned as part of the games. (Not to mention close quarters makes self stress release more than a bit trickyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ remember those good Ã¢â‚¬Ëœol dorm-room days?)
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hormones like cortisol and oxytocin get released during orgasm and can help to lower blood pressure, boost immunity, and sharpen focus,Ã¢â‚¬Â she says. The result: faster times, higher jumps, and better performances.
But speaking of performances, Thomas notes that if sexy time doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go so well for an athlete, which could range from getting rejected at the get-go to delivering a bronze-medal performance instead of gold, "it could send someone into a tailspin, making them worried about their performance overall." Also, if a fling turns messy, it could ruin both athletesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ rock-hard focus, she says.
So letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all cheer for a drama-free summer of scoring!
SOUND OFF: Which athlete would you want to score a gold with in Olympic Village?
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