Swiping Right In Rio: Athletes Looking For Gold (And Love)

Word is out: Rio Olympians are looking for more than gold, they’re looking for love. (Or maybe action?) But it’s not all about bent knees and diamond rings, either.

According to the New York Post, “the International Olympic Committee anticipated the 2016 Summer Games to host the most sexually active athletes yet.” Turns out, they may have been right. “Rio broke the record for most condoms supplied with 450,000 ordered in preparation — three times as many as distributed at the 2012 games in London,” wrote the New York Post. (Cue wide eyes emoji.)

But this year, Tinder is the top tool for connecting. The app’s spokeswoman Rosette Pambakian told the Associated Press that numbers have skyrocketed since the games started. In fact, matches within Olympic Village have increased by 129 percent. Wowza.

For curious bystanders, the Instagram account @SportsSwipe is capitalizing. The account posts Tinder and Bumble profile photos, informing fans and athletes which singles are ready to swipe.


Among many others are swipers like golfer Rickie Fowler, track cycler Kaarle McCulloch and a heap of U.S. swimmers including Simone Manuel, Eugene Godsoe, Leah Smith and Ryan Lochte.

(However, Lochte might have bigger things on his mind now after getting robbed at gunpoint Sunday night.)

USA Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte.

Lucky for those looking for more than a hookup, there are several couples that prove Olympic love isn’t just a fairytale.

Badminton doubles partners Gabby and Chris Adcock have been married since 2013 and are competing in their fourth Olympic games this year.

Helen and Kate Richardson-Walsh—having been married in 2003—are representing Great Britain in field hockey. Not only do they play on the same team, they made history as the first same-sex wives to compete in the Olympics.

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Great Britain field hockey players Helen and Kate Richardson-Walsh.

Lee Kiefer and Gerek Meinhardt, USA fencers, met at Notre Dame and, with her Instagram, are making everyone sigh #relationshipgoals.

Touted as Australia’s greatest “Taekwon-duo,” Carmen Marton and Safwan Khalil are also competing in Rio. Former Catholic Marton converted to Islam to be married under Islamic Law, but the two are waiting until after Rio to celebrate their Australian civil wedding ceremony, according to Bustle.

But love within the Olympic circle is not new.

Having met at 1992 winter Olympics in Albertville, France, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and hockey player Bret Hedican sealed their love story when they wed 16 years ago.

USA triathlete Laura Bennett with husband, Australian triathlete Greg Bennett.

Triathletes Laura and Greg Bennett were ready to throw in the Olympic towel—she in search of love and he ready to retire—when they found each other and married in 2004. Ironically, both stayed in the sport for many years after, competing in the next three Olympics between them.

For athletes and fans using Tinder to find love in Rio, more power to you. But word to the wise: swipe right more than left… or you might regret it like this woman.

Featured photo via joe.ie

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