Olympic displays of affection

Qin Kai proposes to He Zi Picture: Getty Images
Qin Kai proposes to He Zi Picture: Getty Images

Olympic displays of affection may not be to everyone’s taste, but they’ve kept Bryony Gordon gripped this year at the Rio games.
There must be something in the water. An aphrodisiac, perhaps, combined with a healthy smattering of pheromones.

Though officially there have only been two additions to this year’s Summer Olympic roster — rugby sevens and golf — at times one has wondered if the IOC hadn’t decided to sneak in romance as an Olympic sport at the last minute. If they had, there would be no end of competitors for a podium place.

No sooner had the American Will Claye won silver in the triple jump than he had leaped into the stands to propose to his girlfriend, the hurdler Queen Harrison.

Then there was Qin Kai, a Chinese diver who had won bronze in the Games, who got down on one knee as He Zi do stepped off the podium after winning silver in the women’s three-metre springboard.

Marjorie Enya, a stadium manager, proposed to her girlfriend, the Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo, at the end of Cerullo’s competition. She said yes.

Then there was Charlotte Dujardin, whose big moment winning gold in dressage was made even bigger when she spotted her boyfriend in the stands holding up a placard that read ’’can we get married now?’’ (She said yes).

Meanwhile, the rower Helen Glover finished competing and went on her hen do with her Team GB colleagues (they learnt how to samba). Because when in Rio, why not?

There have been rather less salubrious tales from the Olympics. We all know about the thousands of condoms that are handed out in the village, and this summer, a picture has gone viral of Eric, the man whose job it is to hand out contraception to the more active athletes.

Apparently, 450,000 prophylactics made their way to the Olympic village — on average, about 42 condoms an athlete. And let us not forget Tinder, which has seen a 129 per cent increase in usage in Rio during the Olympics. Even Ryan Lochte is on it.

Olympic diver Ingrid Oliveira, pictured here with teammate Giovanna Pedrosa, reports The Telegraph,  may have let romance get in the way   Picture: The Telegraph
Olympic diver Ingrid Oliveira, pictured here with teammate Giovanna Pedrosa, reports The Telegraph, may have let romance get in the way Picture: The Telegraph

Also on the app: Ingrid Oliveira, who hit the headlines not for her incredible prowess in the pool, but out of it. According to reports, Oliveira kicked her teammate Giovanna Pedrosa out of the room so she could have ’’a marathon sex session’’ with fellow countryman and canoeist Pedro Concalves the night before they were due to dive.

The girls are now not talking, after coming last in their competition.

It probably shouldn’t be a surprise that so many Olympians are at it — exercise releases endorphins, after all, and what could possibly be more attractive than six foot something of rippling muscle draped in gold medals? Plus, if you’re an athlete whose job involves training six days a week from the crack of dawn until sun down, you’re going to want to let loose a bit.

And who better to understand the demands of being an Olympian than another Olympian? According to a recent study, most people meet their significant others at a place of work.

Yes, their offices may have podiums instead of photocopiers and pools instead of watercoolers, but other than that, who’s counting?

Do not tell me you wouldn’t want to have sex with your colleagues if they all looked like springboard divers or 400m athletes.

But what happens if you are less than successful?

Brits Chris and Gabby Adcock crashed out in the group stages of the mixed badminton, making for awkward conversation round the dinner table.

Then there’s Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus, who won bronze in the 50m freestyle while her fiancé, Yauhen Tsurkin, did less impressively.

“I had a great Olympics and he did not swim so good,” said Herasimenia. “But I love him anyway, even if he could not swim at all.” Awww. Olympic swimmer or not, ain’t love grand? – The Daily Telegraph


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