"We'd graze over our food for hours watching all the eye candy, wondering why I got married."From one end of the village to the other, flags hang from windows and music blares from balconies.
"When I walked in for the first time in Atlanta," says women's soccer player Brandi Chastain, "there were loud cheers.
So we look over and see two French handballers dressed only in socks, shoes, jockstraps, neckties and hats on top of a dining table, feeding one another lunch. '" Many liken it to a high school cafeteria, "except everyone's beautiful," says Julie Foudy, who has two golds and one silver from playing soccer in three Olympics and is now an analyst for ESPN.
The games begin as soon as teams move in a week or so before opening ceremonies.
"It's like the first day of college," says water polo captain Tony Azevedo, a veteran of Beijing, Athens and Sydney who is returning to London. Everyone's meeting people and trying to hook up with someone."Which is perfectly understandable, if not to be expected.
Olympians are young, supremely healthy people who've been training with the intensity of combat troops for years.
Suddenly they're released into a cocoon where prying reporters and overprotective parents aren't allowed. Many Olympians are in tapering mode, full of excess energy because they're maintaining a training diet of up to 9,000 calories per day while not actually training as hard.But the image of a celibate Games began to flicker in '92 when it was reported that the Games' organizers had ordered in prophylactics like pizza.Then, at the 2000 Sydney Games, 70,000 condoms wasn't enough, prompting a second order of 20,000 and a new standing order of 100,000 condoms per Olympics."There's a lot of sex going on," says women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, a gold medalist in 2008. "I'd say it's 70 percent to 75 percent of Olympians," offers world-record-holding swimmer Ryan Lochte, who will be in London for his third Games."Hey, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do." GET SET ..."If you don't have discipline, the village can be a huge distraction," Solo admits.