The 2016 Summer Olympics: 16 Days…11,559 Athletes…450,000 Condoms
Josh Lakatos was a target shooter who competed for the United States in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Reflecting on his stay in the Olympic Village, Lakatos said this:
I’m running a friggin’ brothel in the Olympic Village! I’ve never witnessed so much debauchery in my entire life.
Lakatos’s interview, part of a 2012 ESPN The Magazine feature, helped blow the lid off the hedonism at the Games, and organizers decided to act. Officials supplied the Olympic Village in London with 150,000 condoms in 2012. This time around? They tripled it.
Four hundred fifty thousand condoms.
That’s a lot. So many, in fact, that organizers had to hire people to hand them out. Tom Goldman, a sports correspondent for NPR, found one such person carrying a bag full of them.
Arguably the most important man at the Rio Olympics – Eduardo Fonseca, the “condom guy” with his free offerings. pic.twitter.com/DocWVviCGf
— Tom Goldman (@TomGoldmanNPR) August 1, 2016
It appears the condoms are not going to waste. Tinder reports that usage is up 129% in the Olympic Village.
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