WASHINGTON, February 13, 2014—The Olympic village is home to almost 3,000 young, fit, healthy and attractive athletes.
In order to be allowed through Putin’s iron curtain of security and into the residence halls, one needs to posses unimaginable talent and a devotion to their sport which puts all other pursuits aside.
The reputation of intensely focused and celibate athletes started to fade in 1992 when it was first reported that condoms were ordered along with other supplies for Olympic village. At the summer Sydney Olympics in 2000, an order of 70,000 condoms ended up not being enough and a second order of an additional 20,000 was placed, which resulted in a standing order of 100,000 prophylactics for each Olympics.
The games begin for the athletes before the opening ceremony once the first team moves in. The move in to Olympic village is similar to the first day of college. The young people are intense and excited, embarking on the experience of a lifetime.
Athletes have told of behavior that would be more likely to expect at a frat house than an athletic competition.
Reported incidents range from French athletes dressed only in socks and ties at the dining room tables to duffle bags being brought to the health center filled with condoms.
Summer Sanders, a swimmer who won four medals in Barcelona, calls the second Olympic motto, “What happens in the village stays in the village.”
Advancement in technology has made hooking up even easier for the athletes.
Snowboarder Jamie Anderson has brought the use of the dating app Tinder by the athletes in Olympic village to light.
“Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level,” she told US Weekly. “It’s all athletes! In the mountain village it’s all athletes. It’s hilarious. There are some cuties on there.”
Tinder is used as an online dating service tailored to the immediate gratification of today’s 20-somethings.
After signing up and submitting their gender, location and sexual orientation, users swipe through profile pictures, tapping a green heart when they like what they see and pressing a red “x” when they don’t. Any time a user “likes” a member who has also liked him or her back, the app declares a match and introduces the two in a private chat room where they can exchange info and arrange to meet if they want.
Anderson admitted that the app was too distracting and she deleted her accounts before her event in which she won a gold medal.
New Zealand snowboarder Rebecca Torr tweeted her excitement about using Tinder in the Olympic Village saying, “Can’t wait to tinder in the Olympic village in Sochi” according to the New York Daily News.
After her tweet made the Olympic Village newspaper, Torr replied via twitter that she hoped the press got her more matches on Tinder.
Other athletes have found the ruckus atmosphere of Olympic village too distracting. Jeremy Abbott, an American figure skater, moved out of the village and into a hotel after his fall during the team competition because he felt that where he had been living was too distracting.