What happens when you stick the world’s buffest athletes into a bunch of hotel rooms away from prying eyes? Well… you can probably guess.
Over recent decades, the Olympic Village has gained a reputation as a hotbed of debauchery, with sports stars enjoying wild orgies in hot tubs, flings with celebs and even public trysts in the courtyards.
As Tokyo officials battle a Covid outbreak inside this year’s complex, ‘anti-bonk’ beds have been installed in rooms and randy competitors have been urged to keep it clean.
Nonetheless, such hopes may be in vain, with former long jump star Susen Tiedtke telling Bild : “[The ban] is a big laughing stock for me, it doesn’t work at all. Sex is always an issue in the village.
“The athletes are at their physical peak at the Olympics. When the competition is over, they want to release their energy.”
With more than 160,000 condoms distributed at this year’s games, it appears organisers have secretly given up too. So what really goes on in the village when the sun goes down?
‘I got laid more in two weeks than the rest of my life’
Rumours of illicit encounters within the village first swirled around the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, when it emerged truckloads of contraceptives were being shipped into the city.
Ever since then, manufacturers have struggled to keep up with flirty Olympians – an order of 70,000 condoms at the 2000 Sydney Games ran short, and 20,000 more had to be frantically ordered.
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Matthew Syed, a former table tennis star, made his debut at Barcelona ’92 and revealed he had more sex during the competition than he’d ever had in his life.
“I am often asked if the Olympic Village – the vast restaurant and housing conglomeration that hosts the world’s top athletes for the duration of the Games – is the sex-fest it is cracked up to be,” he wrote in The Times.
“My answer is always the same: too right it is. I played my first Games in Barcelona in 1992 and got laid more often in those two and a half weeks than in the rest of my life up to that point.
“That is to say twice, which may not sound a lot, but for a 21-year-old undergraduate with crooked teeth, it was a minor miracle.
“Barcelona was, for many of us Olympic virgins, as much about sex as it was about sport.”
Hot tub orgies, celeb hook-ups and balcony sex
Training every day for years from dawn till dusk, Olympians often have little time to date, so perhaps it is no surprise they are keen to make up for lost time as soon as the competition is over.
While former stars have revealed hook-ups happen from the off, it’s after the closing ceremony that the ‘games’ truly begin.
“I’d say it’s 70 per cent to 75 per cent of Olympians,” Ryan Lochte, the US swimming star, told ESPN.
“Hey, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.”
Late into the night, room-swapping is commonplace, according to the publication, with athletes hanging socks on door knobs as a universal symbol to ‘go away’.
One star revealed how at the Vancouver Games in 2010, six competitors from Germany, Canada and Austria even hopped into a hot tub for a ‘whirlpool orgy’ – while another said they hooked up with an A-list celeb.
The scandalous scenes aren’t limited to the bedroom, either, with bonking rivals going wild on balconies and even out in the courtyards.
“Athletes are extremists,” Hope Solo, the US footballer, told ESPN. “When they’re training, it’s laser focus. When they go out for a drink, it’s 20 drinks.
“With a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you want to build memories, whether it’s sexual, partying or on the field.
“I’ve seen people having sex right out in the open. On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty.”
US stars and sprinters ‘most up for it’ at London 2012
The scenes at London 2012 were no different – and may leave any Brits now living in the Olympic Village hankering for a deep clean.
Opening up to MailOnline, an anonymous Team GB star revealed he had a raunchy foursome with two girls and a team mate in their apartment’s communal dorm.
‘You could have slept with a different woman every other night of the Games if you wanted to. More if you had your own room, like some of the athletes did,” he explained.
“Team USA was in general the flirtiest and most up for it. Then the Eastern Europeans – they’re so laidback.”
Following his stunning wins in the 100m and 200m sprints, Usain Bolt sent fans wild as he shared snaps of himself partying through the night with members of the Swedish handball team.
The Team GB star revealed the runner, who was not implicated in any allegations, had to hire security to keep hoards of female athletes “throwing themselves at him” away.
Asked which sportspeople were most up for it, he added: “The sprinters are the worst. Partly because they are well-known.
“But they like to go to strip clubs. Personally, I think it’s sad to waste £20 on a dance with a woman you can’t touch.”
Tokyo installs ‘anti-bonk beds’ amid Covid outbreak
Quite how wild the antics will be at Tokyo 2020 remains to be seen, with the city locked in a state of emergency following a spike in coronavirus cases.
Events will take place without spectators present, and the Covid-secure protocols also stretch to where the athletes will be staying.
Competitors will sleep on so-called ‘anti-sex’ single beds made from cardboard, and it had been said that they could even collapse if athletes attempted to have sex in them.
The makers of the beds have said that each can only hold the weight of two people – in an apparent warning against threesomes.
A spokesperson for manufacturer Airweave, who made the beds, said: “We’ve conducted experiments, like dropping weights on top of the beds.
“As long as they stick to just two people in the bed, they should be strong enough to support the load.”
Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan later took to Twitter to test the designs out first hand.
He posted a video of himself jumping up and down on the bed with no sign of any damage, declaring: “Apparently they’re meant to break at any sudden movements. It’s fake news.”
With the Olympics now in full swing, security guards may just have to keep a closer eye on social distancing rules.
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