You Won't Believe How Many Condoms Are Going to Be at the Rio Olympics
When it comes to the Olympics, you can expect all sorts of records to be broken: the fastest 50m sprint, the most insane gymnastics vault, the first woman to compete for Team USA in a hijab. Next on the list, apparently, is the number of condoms.
Everybody knows that when you throw a bunch of top-notch athletes in close proximity during the most ~exciting~ time of their lives (and in a beach town, no less), things are going to get a little frisky. But the #RioCondomCount (shall we get that trending?) has officially reached insane levels. There will be about than 450,000 condoms shipped to the Olympic Village, more than 40 per athlete, according to The Guardian. And, no, this isn’t the norm. When the International Olympic Committee sent over 150,000 condoms to the London Olympics in 2012, people started calling it the “raunchiest games ever.”
But the IOC has a decent reason to send triple the number of condoms to the 2016 Rio games, and it goes by the name of Zika. The latest news suggests that the virus can be passed both from male-to-female, and female-to-male during unprotected sex. That’s why one Australian company is sending a shipment of what they claim are the world’s first anti-viral condoms to the Olympic Village to help limit the spread of Zika (the condoms have an extra anti-viral agent on them). (BTW, it’s not enough to just use a condom. You need to use a condom correctly, per the instructions from our Shape sexpert.)
Despite the Olympics sexed-ed up reputation, Olympic rowing gold and silver medallist Zac Purchase, who competed in London and Beijing, says that’s not necessarily the reality: “It’s not some sexualized cauldron of activity,” he told The Guardian. “We’re talking about athletes who are focused on producing the best performance of their lives.”
Whether or not Team USA decides to get hot and heavy in the Rio athlete melting pot, we hope the only things they bring home are medals—after all, we know they have safe-sex resources to make that happen.