Good for the Condom Business–Are the Olympics the Ultimate One Night Stand?

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What do you get when you put 10,000 Olympians, many of them in their sexual prime, into one village? A fascinating look into human sexuality.

The official motto of the 2012 London games is “Citius, Altius, Fortius.” (“Faster, Higher, Stronger.”) For many Olympians, the unofficial motto will likely be “What happens in London, stays in London.” Primed and physically ready after years of hard work and training, most of the 2012 Olympians are young, virile, and at or around their sexual peaks, which can lead to some shenanigans:

Olympians are young, supremely healthy people who’ve been training with the intensity of combat troops for years. Suddenly they’re released into a cocoon where prying reporters and overprotective parents aren’t allowed. Pre-competition testosterone is running high. Many Olympians are in tapering mode, full of excess energy because they’re maintaining a training diet of up to 9,000 calories per day while not actually training as hard.

The result? A standing order of 100,000 condoms per Olympics for the Village, to be used at the discretion of the athletes. And it’s not all about hooking up with a perfect body. Pre-Games training doesn’t leave much time for socializing:

Many on-the-prowl athletes maintain that they’re driven by a simple human need: intimacy, if only for a moment or three. For most Olympians, the ramp-up to the Games is lonely. Not unlike movie stars on a far-flung movie shoot, the Olympics present the perfect opportunity to find a partner who understands where they’re coming from. “Think about how hard it is to meet someone…Now take an Olympian who trains from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day. When the hell are you supposed to meet someone? Now the pressure is done, you’re meeting like-minded people … and boom.”

W happens every two years at the Olympics is a microcosm of what happens in bars and clubs every Friday and Saturday night. We have one night stands for lots of reasons: some of us fulfill our risk-taking mentalities, some of us are lonely or bored, some of us wield them as weapons against an overbearing spouse or ex-lover. Brief sexual affairs are about both our physical and mental states.

What do you think? Is a yen for sex without a long term relationship a big part of being human?

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