Sex at the Winter Olympics
The Olympics are such a noble event symbolic of international peace and camaraderie, that to bring sex into The Games would be a tactless move, expressing an outright distaste of taste. So….let the tactlessness begin! Apparently, lots of sweating, increased heart rates, and aerobic activity doesn’t just happen at the official events, but also in the Olympic Village — in the past, people have called it “an adult Disney World.”
Vancouver is continuing the tradition, started in 1992 at the Barcelona Olympics, of making free condoms available to athletes. They’re matching the amount of 100,000 that the Chinese provided at the last Summer Games. But since there are fewer athletes in the Winter Games than in the Summer, it works out to more condoms per player (almost 15 this time around). According to the Vancouver Sun, the condoms are “provided by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and [are] available at two village polyclinics staffed by doctors and nurses under the direction of the health authority.” Health officials wanted to put them into the athletes’ packages, but the IOC nixed that idea.
It’s seems more outside orgs are getting in on the condom action this time around. Vancouver’s SafeGames 2010 organization is taking a proactive approach to safety, handing out SafeKits to visitors containing “condoms, lube, hand heaters, glow sticks, DVDs, and other incentives, as well as informational cards and referrals to local service providers and resources.” And the US Curling Association — in an effort to raise awareness about curling as well as money for a California AIDS education organization — has gotten in on it by creating and selling “Hurry Hard! Condoms”, the official curling condom of the Olympic Games, named after the chants teammates use to encourage each other at events.
There’s been talk of the influx of sex workers to Vancouver to meet the demand for services by visitors and athletes — some seemingly for it, and some against it. But the best info we’ve seen so far on sex at the Olympic Games has come from former Olympics Canadian snowboarder Crispin Liscomb, in an interview pressing him for the dirty details about post-event hook-ups, which he handles with class and charm (see video above).
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