Friday, August 22, 2008

Sex in the City Village

Via Lex… something that will interest most everyone, unless I miss my guess. Excerpt:

I am often asked if the Olympic village - the vast restaurant and housing conglomeration that hosts the world's top athletes for the duration of the Games - is the sex-fest it is cracked up to be. My answer is always the same: too right it is. I played my first Games in Barcelona in 1992 and got laid more often in those two and a half weeks than in the rest of my life up to that point. That is to say twice, which may not sound a lot, but for a 21-year-old undergraduate with crooked teeth, it was a minor miracle.


Ah yes, the swimmers. For some reason the International Olympic Committee insists on bunching the swimming events towards the beginning of the Games with the inevitable consequence that the aquatics folk get going earlier - sexually I mean - than everyone else. So much so that, at the outset of the Sydney Olympics, Jonathan Edwards, a Christian and triple jumper extraordinaire, caused a ripple by telling them publicly to keep a lid on it. Edwards was simply concerned about getting woken up by creaking floorboards, but given his biblical credentials, it became a story about morality. Not that his intervention made a blind bit of difference.

So… does Michael Phelps’ mom know about this? Where is she staying? But leave us not digress. You’re just waiting for the link, ain’t ya? In The Times (UK): “Sex and the Olympic city.” There are more bennies at the Olympics than mere medals. So now we know why they train as hard (ahem) as they do.


  1. I wouldn't worry too much about Phelps...a quick anecodte might illustrate why:

    The older brother of a guy I played soccer with on my club team (whose dad teaches at the school my dad is currently student teaching at) is involved with US Swimming. He swam at the trials in Omaha, finished 25th or something like that. Of course, his time was faster than the bronze medalist at the 2000 Olympics, which shows you how much the sport has advanced, but I digress. His dad was telling my dad about a time his kid, Ian Crocker, and a few other younger male swimmers were hanging out at a bar in Omaha after they were done swimming. They're just sitting there chilling like relatively normal guys when one of 'em goes "Crap...someone needs to go get Phelps." Why? Because he's off in the corner playing a video game.

    So what I gathered from the story is that he isn't exactly the most social individual.

  2. I hope the Chinese women's gymnastics team is adequately chaperoned. Because, you know, ick.

  3. I always assumed this. Lots of athletic bodies, lots of free time, young, every ethnicity to choose from - yup. The only breast stroking going on ain't in the pool.

  4. Michale Phelps, and presumably his mother, has already returned to Baltimore. I remember reading that he left the day after his final race. Lots of athletes seem to be returning home early this time. Nastia Liukin is also already back in Texas.

    (Those are the only two I remember off the top of my head.)

  5. Well thats interesting! And it does not surprise me much. You think the trainers would throw fits though.

  6. Man, they are under so much pressure to bring home medals, they gotta blow off steam somehow.

  7. Mike sez: So what I gathered from the story is that he isn't exactly the most social individual.

    How interesting, Mike! But I'm bettin' all that changes... and quickly... once the millions of us his female fans start hitting on him. But I could be wrong, of course. It's not like that hasn't ever happened...

    Barry sez: I hope the Chinese women's gymnastics team is adequately chaperoned. Because, you know, ick.

    Agreed. But I'm thinking the Chinese women/girls/kids (choose one) are VERY well chaperoned. For reasons other than sexual adventures.

    Jim: Agreed, Bud.

    Becky: I knew Phelps and others had already left. But he (and the others) didn't leave ten minutes after the medal ceremony, ya know. There will always be those who choose not to "get happy," as the Jonathan Edwards illustration in the article indicated. But the GREAT majority will hook up, in one way or another. Us human beans are just like that... thank The Deity At Hand!

    Ash sez: You think the trainers would throw fits though.

    The article seemed to indicate the partying was reserved for AFTER the athletes were done with the competition... so the only time I could see the trainers pitching a fit is if they weren't included in the... ummm... festivities.

    Amy: And they're young, too! I kinda remember those days. Vaguely. ;-)

  8. China had 100,000 condoms to hand out to the athletes in Beijing...they were gone within a week.

  9. Hey NAB... I read that, too... somewhere. Thanks for dropping by, and I LURVE your nick! ;-)

  10. Luvved-up Olympians?

    I'd call that a no-brainer.

  11. I'd call that a no-brainer.


  12. Luvved-up Olympians?

    So the athletes are emulating their mythological name-sakes, boinking everything in sight? I see no problem with that! Maybe I need to brush up my badminton skills...


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