Ever wonder how Olympians hook up? They're using Tinder
It's Valentine's Day, and while many of the world's best athletes are far away from home in Sochi they're certainly not lonely.
Every time an Olympics comes around there are stories about the massive number of condoms shipped to the athletes' village and rumours of seemingly non-stop romps between competitors.
Advances in mobile technology and the widespread use of smart phones, however, have made it easier than ever for athletes to hook up.
There's one app in particular that has spread amongst athletes at the Sochi Games: Tinder.
"Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level," American freestyle snowboarder Jamie Anderson told Us magazine this week. "It's all athletes! In the mountain village it's all athletes. It's hilarious. There are some cuties on there."
Tinder finds users in a specific location and allows them to sift through photos of others nearby. If two users "like" one another the app allows them to communicate by text.
With thousands of young, fit Olympians in Sochi, the prospects pool is enormous.
The makers of Tinder, for their part, don't want to be responsible for distracting athletes from the Games.
"Tinder is a great way to meet new people when you're traveling and want to get the most out of your experience in a new city, but for now, focus on giving it your all while competing," Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen told TMZ. "Tinder will always be here when you're done."
Anderson came to that conclusion herself. She was apparently using the app so much she had to put the phone down and remind herself she was there to compete.
"There was a point where I had to be, like, OK, this is way too distracting," she told Us. "I deleted my account to focus on the Olympics."
The move paid off. Anderson won the gold medal in slopestyle.
But now it's time to party.
Anderson told Us she would go home to celebrate after her Olympics were over -- "There's nowhere to go out here!" -- but there are still plenty of athletes in Sochi and a reported 100,000 condoms available for use.
In a revealing piece in ESPN The Magazine prior to the London Games, athletes claimed the fun between the sheets starts before the opening ceremony and goes on long after the medals are handed out.
"I'd say it's 70% to 75% of Olympians," U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte said. "Hey, sometimes you've got do what you've got to do."
Hope Solo, who played goal for the U.S. women's soccer team at Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, offered some perspective.
"Athletes are extremists," Solo said. "When they're training, it's laser focus. When they go out for a drink, it's 20 drinks. With a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you want to build memories, whether it's sexual, partying or on the field.
"I've seen people having sex right out in the open. On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty."