"There's a lot of sex going on," javelin thrower Breaux Greer told Men's Journal. In 1996, Atlanta's organizers pushed five-packs, with one 'prophy' in each official Olympic color. The ancient Olympics, like the current Games, were a tremendous, highly-anticipated spectacle, and a huge party as well.
"Few cultures have been quite so shamelessly vain and superficial in their worship of physical perfection as the Greeks." Philosophers have been in a quandary over the mind-body question for ages. He says he did it the night before the 1968 Olympic long jump competition.
Athletes, coaches, and, umm, interested observers also have an age-old question: Does it hurt or help to have sex not long before competing? He'd always abstained before competition; this time, after the act, he worried that his chances were ruined. He shattered the world record by almost two feet on his first jump. 2: In 1972, Dave Wottle says he had some fun the night before the 800-meter final.
There have been a few memorable quotes on the matter: Casey Stengel: "The trouble is not that players have sex the night before a game. He had tied the world record in the event in the Olympic trials, but he wasn't considered a medal favorite.
It's that they stay out all night looking for it."Mickey (Rocky Balboa's trainer): "Women weaken legs! Israeli scientist Alexander Olshanietzky, prior to Barcelona, said, "Women compete better after orgasm, especially high-jumpers and runners." Hmmm. Of course, he went out and won the gold, by a margin of just .03 seconds. We could go on with more examples; but the evidence strongly suggests that for almost all athletes, there's no longer any doubt. Instone, a 49-year-old competitive runner himself, decided first-hand experience was the only way to find the truth.
But maybe Durex expects Greece to be less, umm, exciting -- 130K works out to only 12 condoms per competitor.(We think someone did some bad division in one newspaper article about Sydney, and that number just appeared everywhere, unchecked. Should you start an office pool on the re-supply date? The first major effort at condom giveaways was at the Barcelona Games in 1992, and it was a huge success.
At Page 2, we like to keep abreast of these issues, as you know. If you ask the athletes and look at the history (previous Games have run short long before the Closing Ceremony), this supply probably won't be enough. The reports from Sydney were that each athlete got 51 cloaks upon arrival at the village, which was far from enough. Naked (or half-naked) Olympians are going to be all over the newsstands real soon, if they haven't already arrived in your mailbox. Ever since the ancient Greeks trained in what author Tony Perrottet calls "palaces of pederasty," and competed nude before thousands of men and (young) women, sex has been part of the Games. Over the past 10 years, Olympians and Olympian wannabe's have been stripping down in ever-increasing numbers. Countries: 199Officials: 3,000Athletes: 10,500Condoms, courtesy of Durex: 130,000Tubes of lubricant: 30,000Durex doesn't blush about its contribution."As the official supplier of condoms and lubricants, we hope the donation will help athletes improve their achievements between the sheets," says one Durex mouthpiece.At the start of the Games, there was talk of a supply of 50,000 condoms, which works out to about five per athlete.)In any case ... The shields were emblazoned with the colorful Olympic rings, apparently a mood enhancer (or a cool souvenir). Which either means that style counts, or doesn't count at all." (The old retort to that one: "Only if you're doing it right.")Roman historian Pliny the Elder tackled the issue in the year 77. "I found that sex the night before solidifies my core feeling of happiness."We're going to straddle the happiness fence and go with the current conventional wisdom among sports physiologists and psychologists: Sex sure doesn't hurt, and probably helps."It's simple," said one Russian psychologist. In 2000, the Aussies conducted a survey asking athletes if they'd have sex the night before competing. So he sprinted, boffo, in a race against a couple of lycra-clad buddies.In "Natural History," he wrote, "Athletes when sluggish are revitalized by love-making, and the voice is restored from being gruff and husky." But some folks just don't heed the ancient wisdom. In 1994, Thomas reported that Christie "locks up his famous lunchbox" three days prior to a race. A couple of sample answers: "I already have" and "I would take it any night I could get it." Everyone knows that the Ancient Greeks competed in the nude at Olympia. The Ancients also liberally slathered themselves in olive oil, finding someone else to do the job whenever possible. But Stephen Instone, a historian, was still unsure about the ... And he did just fine."I just tried it to show you can run perfectly well naked.Brit Linford Christie, the 1992 100-meter gold medalist, went without, according to Paul Thomas of U. Christie said he wasn't sure it would hurt him, but he didn't want to take any chances. Nobody is sure why, but there are a couple of theories: 1.) Boy, was it hot! People these days say it's difficult from a practical point of view ...