What are they doing in there? To the casual spectator, the Olympic Village is a mysterious place, an international melting pot with a reputation for hedonism. It's a pop-up Casablanca. As the saying goes, "What happens in the village, stays in the village"—for the most part. Here's the dirt on what we've come to know. Chaos reigns Getty Images Olympians live highly-regimented , incredibly stressful lives as they prepare to compete on the international stage.
Athletes are often separated from their families, subjected to training schedules that could easily qualify as full-time jobs, and frequently underpaid and unsponsored. So it's rare that competitors actually get the chance to cut loose from the grind and just do what they want to do for once.
Well, we know a guy who did exactly that. In one of the best stories to come out of the Olympic Village ever. His events were over, and he'd been told to lock up the three-story compound that his team had leased for the duration of their stay, turn over the keys, and return home.
He followed every rule but the last one. Lakatos reportedly rigged the lock and launched what can only be described as an epic party-slash-sexual playground in some stranger's mansion.
ESPN described the scene: After a while, it dawned on Lakatos: I've never witnessed so much debauchery in my entire life. Lakatos may not have medaled that year, but dammit, we would argue that he still won gold in our hearts. Yes, they are having hooking up You want to know the truth about the Olympic Village?
Athletes are banging, boffing, getting down, hooking up, and getting in. They're going Dionysus on each other, debauched in the traditions of the Greek god. A swimmer and an archer, sitting in a tree F-blank-blank-blank-I-N-G. This is not exaggeration: There's a lot of sex going on. The Olympic Village is a zoo of human celebration. We've got all physiques on display, all trades, all skills, the high jumpers, the heavy lifters, the cyclists.
There's something and someone for every taste and type. One unnamed male swimmer told ESPN he prefers soccer girls because they're "all hot, and they dress like rock stars. Praise be to these tiny little accessories, keeping our athletes away from STDs and unwanted pregnancies and taking all the stress out of the one-night stand. Kudos to the wise medical staff members of the International Olympic Committee who make sure the supplies stay fully-stocked.
Let's run down the numbers, courtesy of Slate: How many condoms were supplied to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro? Viva Rio, ay dios mio! A delicate balancing act Getty Images Jokes aside, the sexually-charged atmosphere of the Olympic Village truly does have effects on athletic performance. Sex can become an aspect of strategy. Get laid now and run your hardest with a post-coital glow? Or wait until the end and run to your reward at world-record pace?
Specifically, the group protested the Games' policy of making condoms available in abundance. A spokesperson for an Olympic sponsor who donated condoms, Cardinal Health, Inc. They're available like aspirin, Tylenol and bandages. It's good public health policy. On the contrary, athletes have been hooking up at the Games since the beginning. They've also been taking advantage of every technological advancement that they could along the way.
It's not hard to imagine what this system ended up getting used for. Eric, the condom ambassador If you're having a really, really good time at the Olympic Games, but you didn't plan ahead, look for Eric. Eric is this guy, who was seen walking around with a pouch packed with condoms at the Games in Rio. He was spotted doing his duty by Roger Sherman of SB Nation', who tweeted a photo of the proud defender of public health that went viral.
Sherman said he wanted to interview Eric about his mission, "but alas, he had to go deliver condoms. Not all heroes wear capes.