The London Olympics may see some sex-mad athletes go wild at their village.
Despite the long-standing rumours of the athlete’s village being the ultimate party venue, few of those who have experienced it have revealed its sexy secrets until now.
In a revealing piece from the ESPN magazine’s latest ‘Body Issue’ several Olympic stars of past and present have lifted the lid on some of the late-night antics.
American target shooter Josh Lakatos recounts tales of a house in Sydney that he turned into the ultimate party house following the end of his and his team’s participation in the games, and as things swiftly got very steamy a wave of realisation hit him, “I’m running a friggin’ brothel in the Olympic Village! I’ve never witnessed so much debauchery in my entire life.”
Three-time Olympic diver and four-time Olympic gold medallist Greg Louganis revealed about the US team’s friendship with the Russians in the Montreal village in 1976: “Once events were over, our entire diet was caviar, vodka and Russian champagne. It was crazy,” and the sexual interactions weren’t confined by orientation as one married Russian was “hooking up with one of the other male divers on the team” in plain view of his compatriots and newly-found international chums.
The Winter Olympics are no exception, with a skier that took part in the 2010 games in Vancouver lifting the lid on a six-way “whirlpool orgy” that occurred between “some Germans, Canadians and Austrians” in Whistler.
Hope Solo, the US women’s soccer goalkeeper who became famous for her looks as well as ability in the last Women’s World Cup, succinctly observed, “There’s a lot of sex going on…I’d say it’s 70 percent to 75 percent of Olympians”.
She goes on to recount a story about the Beijing 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.”
And, she revealed, “I may have snuck a celebrity back to my room without anybody knowing, and snuck him back out. But that’s my Olympic secret.”
Whether London will see such debauchery we are yet to see, but American 400m star LaShawn Merritt is going to try and leave his stamp on the 2012 games.
“An Olympics to remember has to have those stories. But I was too locked in Beijing. This time, when I’m done leaving my legacy on the track,” he laughed “I’ll make sure London remembers me,” Merritt said.