Kurt Bayer is a Herald reporter based in Christchurch

Olympics: Sex, drugs and going for gold

The Olympic Village is a 24-hour party-zone where athletes compete for drugs and drunken sex, an American athlete has claimed.

With the London Olympic Games 2012 less than three weeks away, the debauchery inside the high-security athletes' complex has been revealed by an anonymous US athlete.

She told the New York Post that if she's not focussed on competing and striving for a gold medal, she's "partying my butt off".

"You stay up all night and party, and you wait for McDonald's to start serving breakfast at 4.30 in the morning.

"You eat, sleep, then get up at 9 or 10am for press, and then you start partying all over again," she told the paper.

"Two years ago, it was day six or seven [of partying] for me, and I was like, 'I quit'. And they were like, 'You call yourself an Olympian?'.

"We could never be part of a reality show. The [United States Olympic Committee] wants a particular image and brand."

Athletes are provided with a free, unlimited supply of condoms at every games.

In Beijing in 2008, 10,000 condoms were provided for the 10,500 athletes living in the village, with each one featuring the motto: 'Faster, Higher, Stronger'.

And the free supply is well-utilised, with the partying by highly-tuned athletes resulting in rampant bed-hopping.

"I was feeling super-guilty for cheating on my boyfriend," the whistleblower said.

"And a fellow athlete said, 'Why? Everyone hooked up last night'."

Her experiences are supported by a tell-all expose published earlier this year, The Secret Olympian, by an anonymous author.

Booze and drugs are banned at Olympic Villages, but competitors smuggle in water bottles with booze and sneak in marijuana and doping agents, the book alleges.

"No matter what your type, the Olympic Village can cater to it, providing the best physical examples on earth," the former British male athlete claimed.

"Having completed competition, the athletes need to do something else to burn off their boundless energy. Like thoroughbred horses which haven't had a run for a while, they get frisky."

The athletes have embraced a "what happens in the Village stays in the Village" attitude, the book says, and the high level of security ensures that for the duration of the Games.

But there are always leaks, like when legendary gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps was caught smoking cannabis from a bong in 2009.

A stripper named Theresa White also claimed Phelps "should get another gold medal for lovemaking," saying the American liked short girls.


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