What happens in the Olympic Village, stays in the Olympic Village.
While Ronda Rousey didn't go so far as to call the Olympic Village a land of promiscuity, she caused quite the stir this month by sharing her feelings about "the games within the games" in a candid interview moment with MMA correspondent Elie Seckbach.
Advising Olympians To "Be Safe"
"There's a lot of beautiful people from a lot of different countries in the best shape of their lives, coming together in one village," she said. "My only advice is condoms...be safe people!"
Rousey noted "A lot of these people have been training their whole lives and suddenly they're let loose with unlimited alcohol... some people just go nuts and then go too crazy. If you doubt me, I would like you to watch the opening ceremony's videos, then the closing ceremony's videos, and see the contrast between the two - it's a little bit funny. Everybody enjoy yourselves, take it easy and be safe."
Rousey even took things one step further by saying during a guest hosting appearance on TMZ that the Olympic games "got more debaucherous" as the days wore on. "I kept hearing about these red, white and blue condoms," Rousey said of her Olympic experience. "I just wanted to get them as souvenirs, really."
She added "As more people got done [with their Olympic events], it got more debaucherous."
Perhaps Ronda Rousey is gunning for an endorsement deal with Trojan, or maybe she's just trying to keep her name in the spotlight.
Whatever she was hoping to accomplish by advising athletes to "take condoms to the Olympics," one thing is for sure: this girl can't sneeze these days without finding herself featured on countless MMA blogs, newspapers and magazines.
Rousey Is A Media Magnet
It was a whirlwind month of July for Rousey, who made headlines for everything from posing 'artistically nude' for ESPN the Magazine's 2012 Body Issue, to calling out Kim Kardashian for being famous for no reason besides appearing in a sex tape, to bashing Michael Phelps for distancing himself from his U.S. teammates at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
But for all the wackiness she provided this month, perhaps nothing was more shocking than the comments she delivered to Seckbach.
Is Rousey Right?
It would be easy to discount her comments as just "Ronda being Ronda," but this was far different from her random bashing of Kim Kardashian earlier this month. Rousey never met Kardashian, so that instance appeared to be nothing more than a way to keep her name in the headlines.
Rousey's comments about athletes at the Olympics have a bit more weight since she competed in both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. She experienced Olympic life first-hand, so her comments should be taken very seriously.
Perhaps Rousey is on to something, and turned the world on to the Olympic Village games that can't be televised. "There's a lot of sex going on," U.S. women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo said in an ESPN report, referring to her stint in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
"It's like the first day of college," added water polo captain Tony Azevedo, a veteran of Beijing, Athens and Sydney, who returned to competition in London. "You're nervous, super excited. Everyone's meeting people and trying to hook up with someone."
Competing in the Olympics is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most athletes. Once an athlete's event is done, they can do whatever they want and no one should judge them for enjoying the moment however they choose to.
Coaches can try to enforce early curfews and "no alcohol consumption" rules all they want, but "where there's a will, there's a way." Gold medalist Amanda Beard said in ESPN's report that "People would walk around for miles to try to sneak somewhere."
These are world-class athletes who devoted years of their lives to intense training, and this is their one chance to unwind for a couple weeks. I say Rousey's assessment is fair. Live it up, just be safe.
Eric Holden is a lifelong fan of the UFC and a supporter of the sport of mixed martial arts. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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