Olympic athletes give new meaning to international relations

Published On July 14, 2012 | By Jill Saftel

Remember freshman year of college? A bunch of young, mostly attractive, overly excited guys and gals all together in a new place away from home with alcohol around every corner led to countless parties and hookups. Turns out, your freshman year of college and the Olympics have something in common.

Sam Alipour wrote an entire piece for ESPN the Magazine on sex at the Games in which countless athletes dish on getting down and dirty in Olympic Village. According to the article, it turns out the Italians like to leave their doors open and waltz around in thongs, gymnast Alicia Sacramone has had the undesirable job of keeping her younger teammates in check around the water polo boys, and in 2008 soccer player Hope Solo joined her teammates on the Today Show, still drunk, after hours of partying and sneaking a celebrity back to her room on the night of the closing ceremony.

Swimming star and Vogue cover boy Ryan Lochte said he’ll be doing one thing differently this time around. “My last Olympics, I had a girlfriend — big mistake,” Lochte told Alipour. “Now I’m single, so London should be really good. I’m excited.”

If you’re not a little bit surprised by all of this, the next few numbers might do it. At the 2000 Games in Sydney, 70,000 condoms weren’t enough for the world’s Olympic athletes, so an additional order of 20,000 was made, leaving a standing order of 100,000 condoms per Olympics…one less thing Olympians will have to remember to pack.

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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.