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Sex games: Tinder usage at Olympics soars 129%

Tinder spokeswoman Rosette Pambakian said usage has skyrocketed in Rio de Janeiro thanks to the "sexually charged" atmosphere at the Olympic village
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Sex games: Tinder usage at Olympics soars 129%

"I've seen people having sex right out in the open. On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty.” These were the words of USA goalkeeper, Hope Solo, to describe the steamy atmosphere she witnessed at the Olympic Games in London back in 2012.

"The girls are in skimpy knickers and bras, the dudes in underwear, so you see what everybody is working with," so to described Breaux Greer, an American javelin thrower, in an interview following Beijing 2008. "Even if their face is a seven, their body is a 20."

Raunchy environment 

Such declarations made by athletes over recent years have done nothing to dispel the “myth” of the raunchy environment that is said to be found at the Olympic Games, where thousands of young athletes – many single – gather for two weeks, liberated after years of training for their different disciplines.

Now, with the global popularity of dating apps like Tinder, opportunities for steamy shenanigans between Olympians have only been made easier.

“Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level. It’s all athletes! In the mountain village it’s all athletes. It’s hilarious. There are some cuties here,” revealed snowboarder Jamie Anderson at the Sochi 2014 Winer Olympics.

Tinder usage up 129%

Back in London 2012, stories emerged that Tinder went into overdrive from the number of athletes attempting to access the App, causing it to temporarily go out of service. At Rio this summer, such stories about the increased Tinder activity have been backed up by hard data.

Last week, Tinder spokeswoman Rosette Pambakian said usage has skyrocketed in Rio de Janeiro, with “matches” in the Olympic Village increasing by 129 per cent during the Games. The company expects that trend to continue, she said.

"The Olympics is a very sexually charged time," said Julie Spira, an online and mobile dating expert. "Young athletes and attendees have been using dating apps heavily in prior Olympics, but now the popularity of an app like Tinder continues to grow and grow."

Olympic organisers have duly noticed. Some 450,000 condoms have been allocated for athletes at Rio, more than three times as many as London 2012.


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