We're just a few weeks from the start of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Over 10,000 athletes will descend on Rio to compete for some of the most sought-after awards in sport. Many of them will also be having a lot of sex. At least, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) must think so, because they've ordered a record-setting number of condoms for the Olympic Village.
Being shipped to Brazil: 350,000 male condoms, 100,000 female condoms, and 175,000 packets of lubricant, according to the Daily Beast. That's more than three times the number of condoms shipped to the London Olympics, which were called the "raunchiest games ever."
“It is an absolutely huge allocation of condoms,” Olympic rowing medallist Zac Purchase told The Guardian. “But it is all so far from the truth of what it’s like to be in there. It’s not some sexualized cauldron of activity. We’re talking about athletes who are focused on producing the best performance of their lives.”
There are certainly a couple explanations outside of general randiness for why there are 42 condoms available for every athlete. Though the Olympic Committee isn't saying it, fears about the Zika virus are certainly one driving force. Another is that this is the first time that the IOC is distributing female condoms, which may also be driven by fears about Zika.
Even the comparatively paltry number of condoms sent to London were a heavy haul historically. The Daily Beast reports that condoms were first distributed at the 1988 Seoul Games. There, 8,500 condoms were distributed, resulting in many condoms being found on rooftops around the Olympic Village. The Olympic Association banned outdoor sex inside the Olympic Village in response.
The 1992 Barcelona Games received 90,000 condoms, a huge number compared to just 15,000 at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The 2000 Sydney Games had an initial order of 70,000, but organizers had to order another 20,000 because they ran out halfway through. Athens set a record in 2004 when Durex donated 130,000 condoms.
Rio truly has a massive number of condoms, and despite Purchase's statement on the focus of athletes, some say the focus is occasionally elsewhere. Gold medal snowboarder Jamie Anderson told Us Magazine at the Sochi Games, "Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level. It’s all athletes! In the mountain village it’s all athletes. It’s hilarious. There are some cuties on there." At the London Games, there were reports that Grindr crashed due to user overload as the athletes arrived.
American target shooter Josh Lakatos also spilled the beans to ESPN about the Olympic Village in Sydney. He convinced a maid to let him stay in his housing after his events ended. "The next morning," Lakatos told ESPN, "swear to god, the entire women's 4x100 relay team of some Scandinavian-looking country walks out of the house, followed by boys from our side. And I'm just going, 'Holy crap, we'd watched these girls run the night before.'
"I'm running a friggin' brothel in the Olympic Village! I've never witnessed so much debauchery in my entire life."
The record-setting condom shipment may be driven by fears over Zika, but it's also driven by athlete libido. Shocking that this would be the case when you take thousands of the world's best athletes at their physical peak and put them into dorms in an exotic locale. Shocking.