According to U.S. Women's Soccer Team goalkeeper Hope Solo, a whole lot of Olympic athletes are scoring in ways that don't involve the sport they're participating in. Solo has seen it all and told ESPN what athletes really do with their down time during their two-week stay in Olympic Village.
Solo said, "There's a lot of sex going on. With a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you want to build memories, whether it's sexual, partying or on the field. I've seen people having sex right out in the open. On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty."
It makes sense really. You put thousands of young people who have extremely fit bodies all in one little area of London, there's going to be hook-ups and one night stands galore. Athletes don't have to worry about running in to each other again after the 17-day competition; that is until the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
How would that conversation go in Rio? "Hey, remember me from London? Here's my other room key if you want to stop by and relive our… memory." Awkward.
More than 100,000 condoms were distributed to athletes for the London Olympics. It took only one week for athletes at the Olympic Village at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games to run out of the 70,000 condoms supplied.
I like how Hope had the wholesome, not opinionated image when she competed in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. She never whispered a controversial word and she never criticized any commentators on social media, which she's getting a lot of heat for. It all could be an attempt to drum up publicity for her upcoming autobiography, but if the media gives her this enormous attention during the games; she has every right to say what she thinks.
Hope also told ESPN that it was almost too easy to meet people. I'm sure it is when you're north of six-feet tall, built like a Greek goddess and you've been on many well known magazines' "hot" lists. I'm sure every male athlete in the Olympic Village knows everything about the U.S. women's soccer team - the male athletes that are single, of course.
Of the 10,000 athletes, I wonder how many of them put their relationships on hold before they got on an airplane to London. I bet it's a little more than half, and it was probably more guys than girls.
Hope said it's easy to strike up a conversation. She explained: "It starts with, 'What sport do you play?' All of a sudden, you're fist-bumping."
A male athlete in the Olympic Village knows exactly what sport Solo plays. "Fist-bumping," I guess that's what Hope calls "it."
Note: I've been an Arsenal fan for nearly a decade. My cousin got me interested in the club at a young age.
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