Johnny Weir isn’t sure who, exactly, is having 450,000 condoms worth of sex in the Rio Olympic Athletes Village.
“When I was at the Olympics, my crazy Russian lady coach made me believe that if I even if I had sex with myself, all my energy would go away and I might as well go home,” said Weir, former Olympic figure skater-turned-NBC commentator.
“It’s monk-style living. I don’t know when these athletes that are focused on the greatest moments of their lives are going to have time to throw down and use those condoms.”
Abstinence of the focused athlete aside, the Olympic Village has become notorious for its hook-up culture. Sochi was considered “The Tinder Olympics,” as the dating app was used by athletes to connect in the village. U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte has claimed that “75 percent of Olympians” are having sex in the athletes’ village.
Weir’s right: Many athletes have said they aren’t thinking about sex before competing in their Olympic events.
But after those events? Think of a college campus after finals, if those finals were the culmination of your life’s work and your stress levels had built up close to the point of spontaneous combustion.
“Hey, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do,” said Lochte after the London Games.
So the IOC assumed that athletes will do what’s gotta be done, and loaded up the Rio Games with 450,000 condoms for 10,500 athletes and countless more in the workforce and media. (The much heralded “42 condoms per athlete” stat is actually false, as the machines are placed in areas away from the athletes’ village as well.)
The total is an Olympic record for prophylactics, three times higher than the total for London (150,000). This is partially due to a dramatic increase in female condoms, as 100,000 are available in Rio. And it’s also partially due to the fact that concerns about the Zika virus being sexually transmitted practically mandated the increase.