Some of us watch the Olympics for sports, some of us watch to delight in feats of endurance and strength which prove that bodies are magic, and some of us watch for the compelling human interest stories that hurtle toward either victory or defeat in real time as the events air. And while we only get the emotion porn version of events on TV, there's obviously way more debauchery going down behind the scenes. In recent years, the internet has become fascinated with what sex is like in the Olympic Village, thanks to condom brands bragging about how many prophylactics they've pumped inside of it, dating apps releasing stats about how poppin' usership gets, and more transparency from the athletes about their active sex lives. Plus: Olympics Twitter has no shame.
The Olympic Village has provided athletes with condoms since the 1988 Games, which lines up with the advocacy work around safer sex practices that began during the AIDS crisis. Condom brands will stock the Olympic Village in an unofficial capacity (for the 2012 Games in London, it was Durex, for example) and then rely on the online media machine to spread the word.
In Rio, there was added concern about the Zika virus, which is sexually transmitted, helping the 2016 Games smash previous condom records with 450,000 of them handed out by the Brazilian government. That included 100,000 female condoms, but paled in comparison to the nine million condoms distributed throughout the city of Rio overall during the games.
This year, 110,000 condoms will be handed out to 2,925 athletes at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics — making it the highest number of condoms provided any other Winter Olympics in history. So it sounds like sex in the Olympic Village will certainly be making headlines this year like it has in the past. Until then, here's what else we know about sex in the Olympic Village.
1. There's No Privacy
You do have to go get the condoms in the Olympic Village. They're not like, handed to you in swag bags upon your arrival. According to USA Today, which reported on condoms in Rio, the process for procuring them isn't terribly discreet:
Giant green vending machines containing the condoms are situated in the food hall and various lounges around the Village, but there is no room for shyness.
"You have to turn the thing and it is really loud," New Zealand equestrian athlete Clarke Johnstone said. "I just sort of went in and got a couple and then left, to be honest."
2. Dating Apps Have Taken Olympic Village Sex To A Whole New Level
Dating apps make flirting easier than ever, but the densely populated Olympic Village can cause technical glitches. For example, Grindr fully crashed during the 2012 Games in London.
3. There Are No Reporters — Or Parents — Allowed
Security in the Olympic Village is super tight to protect the athletes and keep them focused on their events without distraction from the media — or their parents. It's frequently described as having a "first day of camp" or "first day of college" vibe, which obviously lends itself to seizing a rare moment of freedom.
"You see how isolated the environment is," psychologist Dr. Judy Kuriansky told ABC News during the 2014 Games. "That's why you are psychologically turned to an earlier sense of camp or college. They sleep in these little bunks in suites with common areas. It lends itself to that kind of lifestyle."
4. There's A LOT Of Participants
OK, so maybe take this one with a grain of salt, but in ESPN's oft-cited exposé on Olympic Village sex, Ryan Lochte estimated the number of Olympians who participate at "70 to 75 percent."
5. Group Sex Happens
That same ESPN report contains a particularly juicy tidbit about a "whirlpool orgy" that unfolded between some Germans, Canadians, and Austrians at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
6. Everyone's Body Chemistry Is Basically Primed For Sex
Thanks to athletes' competition regimens, they arrive at the Games with a ton of pent up energy, eating 9,000 calories a day, and then coasting on endorphins and adrenaline when they compete. Dr. Kuriansky calls this a perfect storm for a physiological response that drives the urge for high-octane sex.
"There is stress, which causes tension, and anxiety and energy, and a massive outpouring of chemicals in the body — adrenaline and endorphins," she told ABC. "It's a powerful concoction of chemicals."
Based off past Olympics and the whopping number of condoms shelled out to athletes this year, it's safe to the sexcapades going down in the Olympic Village in PyeongChang will be as fascinating as ever.