Training Begins in Bed: 100,000 Branded Condoms for Olympians

100,000 condoms for 15 days for a group of Olympians, I am thinking this would be enough to serve the whole of VI for a month but thats’ me; I guess before you think about winning a medal abroad, you have to win one at home first to get motivation. In the report, the ESPN revealed some rather scandalous facts, including that 100,000 condoms are ordered for the games. Apparently officials at the 2000 Sydney Games had to put in an order for 20,000 extra condoms after the initial 70,000 ran out. Since then, an order of 100,000 has become the norm.

Athletes told ESPN’s Sam Alipour all the sexy details about life at the Olympic Village — a city within the hosting city consisting of houses, cafes, and even clubs — for the magazine’s 2012 “Body Issue.” Many Olympians, past and present, abide by what Summer Sanders, a swimmer who won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze in Barcelona, calls the second Olympic motto:

“What happens in the village stays in the village.”

Yet if you ask enough active and retired athletes often enough to spill their secrets, the village gates will fly open. Here are some interesting comments from athletes who felt free to share what happens at the Olympic village.

BMXer Jill Kintner, who won bronze in Beijing, says the Italians are particularly inviting:

“They leave their doors open, so you look in and see dudes in thongs running circles around each other.”

“You can get pretty much whatever you want if you flash your medal,” says one American female.

“That usually does the trick.” Not quite everything.

At the Lillehammer Games in 1994, two German bobsledders tried using their medals as currency.

“They made it clear that they’d trade me their gold for all kinds of other favors,” Sheinberg says. “I said jokingly, ‘Thanks, but Tommy Moe has a medal. I’ll play with his.'”

The Germans were hoping for some group fun, which is not uncommon in the village. One skier tells a story from the Vancouver Games in 2010, when six athletes — “some Germans, Canadians and Austrians” — got together at a home outside the Whistler village. “It was a late-night whirlpool party. It turned into a whirlpool orgy.”

Click here to read th full ESPN Magazine’s 2012 “Body Issue



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