With the Summer Olympics in Tokyo underway, plenty has been made of what athletes do in their free time when they’re not playing in front of thousands or training with their coaches.
The Olympic village is a place for athletes of different sports, communities and backgrounds to get together, and some get along really well with others.
With the common language of sport, it’s easy for many to strike up a connection, and former USA goalkeeper Hope Solo, who won in football in 2008, shared her experiences of the Olympics at 2012 in an interview with ESPN.
"If you don't have discipline, the village can be a huge distraction," Solo said about life away from sports at the games.
"Unlike at a bar, it's not awkward to strike up a conversation because you have something in common," Solo says.
"It starts with, 'What sport do you play?' All of a sudden, you're fist-bumping."
Solo also shared her experiences of how far some athletes would be willing to go for sexual experiences, claiming that she’s seen sportspeople go at it in the open.
"There's a lot of sex going on.
"Athletes are extremists.
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“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.”
Earlier this week, there were rumours circulating that the organizers of the Tokyo games had arranged for “anti-sex beds”, but that was debunked.
The 18,000-plus beds are made of recyclable cardboard that will be used for plastic products after the Olympics and Paralympics, but they aren’t “anti-sex” as Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan proved in a video of him jumping on his bed.
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