Among the newest disciplines added to this year's Winter Olympics should be speed-dating. When you put 2,800-plus of the fittest and hottest young men and women in the world in one beautiful place, romance is bound to happen. And the mobile dating app Tinder, which launched in October, is making love connections even easier, as Olympic gold medal-winning snowboarder Jamie Anderson admitted to Us Weekly: “Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level...there are some cuties on there.”
The gorgeous 23-year-old isn't the only hot date we found scoping out the goods on the app billed as a “game” and made by the same creators of Match.com and OKCupid.com. U.S. skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender (pictured), 29, and Australian freestyle skier Sami Kennedy-Sim, 25, are also on Tinder, though Kennedy-Sim is married and likely on it just to check out the hype. Another mystery woman named Claire, who claims to be with Team Canada, is also on Tinder in Sochi, but it is unclear whether she's an athlete, team staff member, or just a super-diehard fan.
Good thing the Olympic Village has got athletes covered for the cold days and hot, hot, hot nights. The International Olympic Committee provides 100,000 condoms for athletes in Sochi. [Tweet this crazy fact!] That comes out to 35 condoms per athlete over the course of about two weeks. At the Vancouver Games, the committee also ordered 100,000, but they went so fast, 10,000 more had to be airlifted in ASAP. The Winter Games isn't the only major sporting event tempting athletes to cuddle up. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte of the Summer Games told ESPN The Magazine in July 2012, “I'd say it's 70 percent to 75 percent of Olympians [having sex].”
What happens in the Olympic Village stays in the Olympic Village, but Tinder is global, so if you wanna give it a go, here's what you need to know, especially if you're in Sochi right now.
1. Privacy is paramount. No profile is needed. Nor do you have to fill out an annoyingly long, deeply personal survey that asks you super uncomfortable questions like if it turns you on to act out rape scenes with your partner (simmer down now, okay, cupid?). All you have to do is connect through Facebook (it's done quietly, so there's no big announcement on the your page), and it pulls your first name, age, and location.
2. A picture's worth a thousand words. Once you've signed up, you can load up to six photos from your Facebook albums or smart phone. From there, potential hookups within your designated proximity (from 1 to 100 miles) will have access to "like" your photos.
3. Rejection is for losers. Tinder only notifies you of a match once both parties have marked each other as attractive. You literally get a text-message-type note alerting you that you each think the other is hot stuff, which makes everyone feel good, especially since it eliminates the always-depressing rejection process of other dating sites. From there, if people pass you up it's strictly based on compatibility (or poor texting skills).
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