PyeongChang Olympic condom count raises the bar

Athletes were able to access condoms via a vending machine at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. (Getty)
Athletes were able to access condoms via a vending machine at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. (Getty)

If the record-setting number of condoms distributed to athletes during the Winter Games in PyeongChang is any indication of how these Olympics will go, we’re all in for a terrific competition.

The South China Morning Post reported that 110,000 condoms will be distributed to the 2,925 athletes inside Olympic Village this week. With a quick flick of the calculator, that breaks down to almost 37 rubbers per athlete for the 16 days of competition. There will be 92 countries represented at the Winter Games, calculating out to roughly 1,196 condoms per country, depending on the condom-currency vetting process. Although it has not been verified yet that any gold, bronze or silver medals will be awarded to the countries with the most opened wrappers at the Closing Ceremony.

PyeongChang will supply 10,000 more than the previous Winter Olympic Games in Sochi (100,000) and Vancouver (100,000), breaking the record for most condoms in a Winter Games.  Congrats to South Korea, they’re already on the winning side of Olympics history.

For reference, the Rio Games in 2016 stands alone as the highest mark in condom distribution at 450,000 total, including 150,000 female condoms and 175,000 packets of lubricant.

Notable dates in Olympics condom usage rates:

1988 Summer Olympics, Seoul: 8,500

“The Genesis of Olympic condoms.”

>2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney: 90,000

“Sydney organizers thought that 70,000 would be enough. They were wrong and had to send out for 20,000 more.” — Today, Feb. 18, 2010

2004 Summer Olympics, Athens: 130,000

“Condom manufacturer Durex has donated the prophylactics as well as 30,000 sachets of lubricant … ‘to smooth the performance of the world’s elite sports people in the arena and under the covers,’ it said in a statement.” — Reuters, July 27, 2004

2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing: 100,000

“Organizers brought in 100,000, all with the motto, ‘faster, higher, stronger.’ ” — Huffington Post, April 24, 2010

2016 Summer Olympics, Rio: 450,000

“About 450,000 condoms will be distributed during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, three times more than for the London Games four years ago, the International Olympic Committee says. Part of the reason was because 100,000 female condoms will be available for the first time, along with 350,000 condoms for men. About 175,000 packets of lubricant are also being supplied.” — Associated Press, May 21, 2016

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