奥运健儿的“课外”活动

国际奥委会可以考虑将男欢女爱纳入奥运活动当中。今日报的一片文章,概述了奥运会中血气方刚的年轻男女,在赛场外的另类“发挥”,似乎已经成了一种定律。

其中有一些重点值得让人玩味:

  • 悉尼2000年,每名运动员都被分配到51个安全套,但是当局后来还要再紧急进货20000个应付“需求”。
  • 游泳比赛最先结束,游泳健儿将会是第一批“获得解放”的男女。
  • 美国女泳手Amanda Beard曾担任花花公子杂志模特儿,因为全裸替反皮草组织拍摄了海报,成为众男健儿的目标。

文章节录自今日报

Bubbling in Beijing …

Athletes ready to swing once therigours of competition come to an end:

Friday • August 8, 2008

BEIJING — The International Olympic Committee ought to seriously consider adding hanky-panky as an official sport.

No argument from Kid Dynamite, who’s ready to explode.

“I’m constantly like, ‘Wow, she’s nice, I’d like to meet her’,” said 18-year-old Jake Deitchler, whose US Greco-Roman wrestling team-mates made permanent the nickname coined by a Sports Illustrated writer.

Deitchler is one of a number of athletes who chuckled, blushed, grinned and dished dirt when asked about the amorous atmosphere inside the athletes’ village.

“You’ve got a lot of young athletes who’ve got a lot of energy,” said one of Kid Dynamite’s team-mates, Brad Vering. “That’s just the way it is.”

The organising committees must be aware of the canoodling, as condoms are made available. In Sydney 2000, each athlete was given 51 condoms upon arrival. Another 20,000 were ordered when the supply dwindled.

Four years ago, US swimmer Brendan Hansen won gold, silver and bronze medals before turning his attention to other pursuits. As he said then, the women tend to flock when you’re half-naked and shaved.

At Beijing’s Water Cube the other day, swimmers and divers were going through their practice paces. There were more six packs on display than at one of those wholesale beer warehouses.

Quipped a wag, the athletes were “so hot it’s a surprise the water wasn’t bubbling”.

Some rudimentary polling of athletes suggested that swimmers, indeed, have the most active social lives. Besides the favourable body-mass index requirements, the Olympic schedule also works in their favour.

Swimming is one of the first events at the Games. When the last medal is awarded, it’s party time.

The athletes say this isn’t just hormones gone wild. Olympians subject themselves to years of intense training. Much is sacrificed. In a blink, it’s over. There’s an exhilaration, relief and sadness that only a fellow athlete can understand.

“You’ve spent so long training and focusing — you keep a lid on it,” said Andrew Schacht, an Aussie beach volleyball player. “Then, all of a sudden, the lid is off. People are human. They will act.”

Some Olympic romances become love affairs.

Take former US figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and hockey player Bret Hedican, who met at the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France. They’re married with kids.

India’s tennis player Leander Paes is the product of an Olympic moment. His mother played basketball and his father field hockey at the 1972 Munich Games, which were marred by the murder of Israeli athletes.

During the hostage standoff, there was a lockdown at the athletes’ village. No newspapers. No TV. No radio. No leaving the room. Nothing to do. Well, almost nothing. “So I guess there was me,” Paes said.

US swimmer Amanda Beard has bright blue eyes, a swimmer’s physique and a Playboy magazine pictorial on her resume. Naturally, she’s received her share of gentlemen callers with a variety of passports at the village.

“Just the normal attention,” said Beard, whose attire in a new Peta ad consists of just goggles.

It remains to be seen what kind of attention awaits Deitchler, who wants the ladies at the athletes’ village to know that he’s all business until Aug 13, when the wrestling competition ends. After that, he’s free.

“That gives me plenty of time to, uh, make contacts,” he said. “For my Facebook page, I mean.”

Social networking, indeed.

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