The 2012 Olympics begin on the 27th, while the world’s best athletes will be going for the gold during the games, afterwards they are trying to score in other ways. In this month’s issue of ESPN magazine, famous athletes including soccer champ Brandi Chastain and swimmer Ryan Lochte spill the beans on what goes on in the Olympic Village.
In each city that the Summer and Winter Olympics are held, there is a village for the competing athletes, their coaches and some family members to live at. Mostly everyone who competes in the games is an adult, so to keep everyone safe condoms are distributed throughout the village. For the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia, 70,000 condoms just wasn’t enough so another 20,000 were shipped in. WHAT?! Reportedly, there will be about 100,000 condoms available for this year’s games in London. Summer Sanders, a swimmer who won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze in Barcelona, calls the second Olympic motto: “What happens in the village stays in the village.”
The dining hall is a very popular place, recounts Brandi Chastain: “When I walked in for the first time in Atlanta,there were loud cheers. So we look over and see two French handballers dressed only in socks, shoes, jockstraps, neckties and hats on top of a dining table, feeding one another lunch. We’re like, ‘Holy cow, what is this place?'”
Alpine skiier Carrie Sheinberg who competed in the ’94 Winter Olympics says the village is “just a magical, fairy-tale place, like Alice in Wonderland, where everything is possible. You could win a gold medal and you can sleep with a really hot guy.” She also talks about how two German bobsledders tried to use their medals as currency, “They made it clear that they’d trade me their gold for all kinds of other favors,” Sheinberg says.
Javelin thrower Beaux Greer had a particularly good time during the games in Atlanta. Each day, the shaggy blond was visited by three women, sometimes just hours apart — an accomplished pole vaulter and former flame; a mighty hurdler who “tried to dominate me,” and a “very talented” vacationer from Scandinavia. Greer says his Olympian partners were, like him, looking to “complete the Olympics training puzzle.”
After the Beijing games, the U.S. Women’s soccer team got rowdy and went “Hollywood.” Hope Solo shares the best part of the 2008 closing ceremony.
“I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but we met a bunch of celebrities. Vince Vaughn partied with us. Steve Byrne, the comedian. And at some point we decided to take the party back to the village, so we started talking to the security guards, showed off our gold medals, got their attention and snuck our group through without credentials — which is absolutely unheard of.”
She adds, “I may have snuck a celebrity back to my room without anybody knowing, and snuck him back out. But that’s my Olympic secret.” The best part, according to Solo? “When we were done partying, we got out of our nice dresses, got back into our stadium coats and, at 7 a.m. with no sleep, went on the Today show drunk. Needless to say, we looked like hell.”
So who has the best bodies? The swimmers and gymnasts, but everyone is in top physical condition of course. The party doesn’t stop when the games are over. Bonfires, boozy airplane hookups. Ryah Lochte and runner Shawn Merritt are both happy to be single for the London Olympics. “My last Olympics, I had a girlfriend — big mistake,” Lochte says. “Now I’m single, so London should be really good. I’m excited.”
I really need to find a way to compete in the Olympics.