After the lifting of COVID restrictions, this summer’s Olympic Games in Paris will be tougher than ever. ICYMI, it’s no secret that athletes often congregate in the Olympic Village, and what better place to do this than the City of Love? While Big’s move to Paris may be the meme trend of the moment, this year’s Olympics promise to be just as intriguing.

With so many athletes all in one place, people are bound to mingle – and maybe even join. Have you ever wondered if there is a lot of sex in the Olympic Village? Spoiler alert: it’s a lot.

Over the years, athletes have shared some pretty wild stories about the Olympic Village, where hookup culture is alive and well. Laurent Michaud, director of the Olympic and Paralympic Village, said: “Every resident will get what they expect and need,” and that includes sexual health services. Paris even has 300,000 condoms in stock to meet demand. Serious. In 2012, swimmer Ryan Lochte estimated that about 70 to 75 percent of Olympians took part in the action.

However, Olympic organizers may not be thrilled with the idea of ​​athletes turning the Olympic Village into their personal love nest. Rumor has it that the villas will have so-called ‘anti-sex beds’ this year. While these eco-friendly cardboard beds are actually intended to promote sustainability, fans can’t help but speculate otherwise. So why all the buzz? The history of sex at the Olympics is a fascinating mix of myths, media hype and changing social norms.

Based on a revelation ESPN Exposé in 2012, an American target shooter claimed he “ran a damn brothel in the Olympic Village” during the 2000 Games, portraying the Olympics as a two-week celebration for athletes with a surplus of stamina. Plus the London Games that same year, and the news that Durex was supplying 150,000 condoms to the village, combined with the crashing of Grindr shortly after the athletes arrived, only fueled the fetish flame. Suddenly, jokes about athletes’ ability to perform off the field became too juicy to resist.

Imagine all the (sexual) excitement at the Olympics: the competition, the glory and yes, the romance. Since the sexual revolution of the 60s and 70s, the Olympic Village has been a hotspot not only for athletes, but also for love stories. It all officially started in 1988 during the Seoul Games, when 8,500 condoms were distributed to promote safe sex and HIV awareness. Some even ended up on rooftops, leading to a ban on outdoor fun. Fast forward to Sydney in 2000, where the initial supply of 70,000 condoms was not enough and organizers had to rush to get 20,000 more.

The focus on health and safety at the Olympic Games has led to more structured initiatives to support athletes’ sexual health. For example, the 2016 Rio Olympics set a record by handing out 450,000 condoms – about 42 per athlete, which equates to about two and a half per day! In recent years, discussions about testosterone levels and trans athletes’ participation have fueled crucial conversations. Many athletes have emerged as advocates for sexual health and LGBTQIA+ rights, using their stages to promote awareness, acceptance and positive change.

While these athletes are hyper-focused on delivering the best performances of their careers, you have to wonder: Is it for the athletic field or the bedroom at this point? The Olympics have always been about pushing boundaries, and this year, watching from home, we might just get a glimpse into the excitement both on and off the field. Get ready for a summer full of unforgettable moments, both in the stadium and behind the scenes.