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Snowboarder Jamie Anderson claims use of dating app in Olympic Village is 'next level'

Ben Rohrbach
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Olympic slopestyle gold medalist Jamie Anderson trains with the idea of keeping her child-like love of snowboarding alive.

Based on gold medalist Jamie Anderson's evaluation, those 100,000 free condoms may not be enough.

The 23-year-old women's slopestyle snowboarding champion told US Weekly that the use of Tinder -- a location-based dating app that's been known to facilitate casual encounters and has created more than 500 million matches in a Facematch-style "hot or not" user experience -- has reached epic proportions in Sochi.

"Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level," Anderson told the weekly magazine with a reported laugh. "It's all athletes! In the mountain village it's all athletes. It's hilarious. There are some cuties on there."

Anderson's Tinder addiction reached such a height that she quit cold turkey. "There was a point where I had to be like OK, this is way too distracting," she added. "I deleted my account to focus on the Olympics."

That didn't appear to be the case for New Zealand snowboarder Rebecca Torr, who failed to qualify for the finals in women's slopestyle. Before arriving in Russia, she made her Tinder intentions clear.

Apparently, the Olympic Village Daily quickly picked up on her tweet and distributed it as front-page news to the 7,000 athletes. By Saturday, Torr proclaimed, "Tinder is on form here in Sochi," publicly stating her desire to meet the Jamaican bobsledding team through the dating app. On Sunday, Torr finished 10th in the slopestyle competition, and a correlation between Tinder use and Olympic success began to develop.

Cue the Russian Police Choir.

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