Winter Olympians are turning to the virtual world to foster romance in Sochi, according to one prominent American athlete.
In an interview with Us Weekly, snowboard gold medalist Jamie Anderson revealed that many athletes are turning to Tinder, a popular dating app, during their downtime in Sochi.
“Tinder!” Anderson, 23, told Us Weekly. “Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level. It’s all athletes! In the mountain village it’s all athletes. It’s hilarious. There are some cuties on there.”
Anderson, however, insisted that she cut back on her Tinder use to focus on her performance. “There was a point where I had to be like, OK, this is way too distracting,” she said. “I deleted my account to focus on the Olympics.”
Anderson’s strategy appears to have worked. Last Sunday, she earned a gold medal in the women’s slopestyle.
The Olympic Village is notorious for its role as a haven for romantic encounters between athletes. Ronda Rousey, who won a bronze medal in women’s judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, once described the scene to TMZ.
“If you think about it, all the people there, they’ve been spending their whole lives training for one day. Suddenly, they’re done, and they’re in a village with unlimited drinks and food and all of these people that are in the best shape of their lives and nothing to do.”
In the days before the start of the Sochi Olympics, a representative for the International Olympic Committee told TMZ that officials would distribute 100,000 condoms to athletes. “The distribution of condoms in the village is part of the IOC’s involvement in HIV and AIDS prevention,” the representative told the website.
[h/t The Big Lead]