These Summer Games may be a perfect environment for hook ups.
About 10,000 athletes are living in a 31-building compound far away from Rio's iconic beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.
The village is secluded among the misty lush mountains of Rio's west borough with only a few shopping centers and high-rise towers are nearby."The Olympics is a very sexually charged time," said Julie Spira, an online and mobile dating expert.
The Olympic Village is overrun with athletic libidos — famously so. Balconies and hot tubs become the site of post-competition parties. soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo told ESPN in 2012, “There’s a lot of sex going on.” Olympic sexuality seems to warp to the point of hyperbole: In preparation for the 2016 games, the International Olympic Committee supplied condoms to Rio de Janeiro in bulk — some 450,000 contraceptives, enough for each athlete 42 times over.
He thumbed through Rio with a panoply of hook-up apps, including Tinder, Jack’d, Bumble and Grindr.
Grindr, an app designed for men to meet other men, was Hines’s “instant hookup success.” He received three date offers in an hour.
Though the Daily Beast chose to forego names, Hines included physical descriptions as well as the fact that one Olympian using Grindr hailed from a “notoriously homophobic country.” The social media outcry was swift and furious.
On Twitter, Amini Fonua, an openly gay Olympic swimmer from Tonga, where sodomy is a crime, called Hines’s story “deplorable.” What had been a watershed moment for sexual diversity at the Olympics — 49 of the 10,500 athletes are publicly out, a record high for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender competitors — was replaced by concern for the safety of closeted LGBT athletes, particularly those who may have to return to homes made more dangerous by potential outings.
Le Tourneau University, an NCAA Division III school in Texas, has banned its gay student-athletes from dating and has banned all athletes from vocalizing support for same-sex marriage.
As ESPN described it, the partying went on for eight days “as scores of Olympians, male and female, trickled into the shooter’s house—and that’s what everyone called it, Shooters’ House—at all hours, stopping by an Oakley duffel bag overflowing with condoms procured from the village’s helpful medical clinic.
After a while, it dawned on Lakatos: ‘I’m running a friggin’ brothel in the Olympic Village!