LIGHTNING STRIKES?

Tuesday, August 7’s column (“Can ‘piece’ lead to peace?”), in which I attempted to give readers an insight into the Olympic Village’s extra-curricular activities, was greeted with stunned silence.  It’s as if we don’t really want to know.  The sole online comment protested it included too much information.

Well, there’s more discomfort for those unnerved by the unvarnished truth.  In that column, I wrote:

..in these Olympics, like many before, the real Games won’t be televised.  After years of intense training, more than 10,000 young, healthy boys and girls are thrown together in a bubble that excludes reporters and parents. ….. Athletes still consume up to 9,000 calories daily while no longer in full training. Where’s this excess energy to go?

You guessed it. Media cameras are excluded from the Athletes’ Village because, were they allowed, we’d be flooded with amateur Internet porno flicks.

I went on to quote from former U.S. Olympians’ tales of their personal experiences.

The very next day, while Jamaica still awkwardly processed my exposé, an article written by Ben Wyatt and Tancredi Palmeri entitled “Sex, Games and Olympic Village life” appeared on CNN.com.  The article’s set-up includes a quote from former U.S double-gold medal swimmer, Nelson Diebel, who called the Olympic Village “a two-week-long private party for thousands of hard bodies”.  Another former gold medallist and veteran of two Olympics is quoted as saying:

Anyone who wants to be naive and say they don’t know what’s going on in the Village are (sic) lying to themselves. They know, the officials know, even the media. It’s not a secret, everyone knows!

           (Sex) is all part of the Olympic spirit. The International Olympic Committee wouldn’t say that, but it is…. Why do you think they give away so many condoms?

Hmmmmm.  Is there an echo in the room?  In my column, published the day before, I reminded readers “Remember Sydney Games organisers ordering 70,000 condoms before the Games but having to supplement them with 20,000 more? These days, standing orders of 100,000 condoms per Olympics are made.”

Turns out that not only the USA Women and Jamaican men relay teams set world records in London.  A world record 150,000 condoms were available to what the CNN article called “the Village’s frisky inhabitants”.

Hope Solo, current U.S. Womens’ Football Goalie, was candid about present day happenings.  She’s quoted by CNN as saying (before the London Games):

There’s a lot of sex going on.  With a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you want to build memories, whether it’s sexual, partying or on the field.  I’ve seen people having sex right out in the open. On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty.

As I wrote on August 7, unlike The Revolution, the real Olympic Games won’t be televised.  Apocryphal historians recall how The Olympics got its name.  They recount the story of a slave call-girl (well, slaves had no choice of career in those days) named Gedophamee who was attending a great but as yet unnamed athletic festival 2500 years ago in Greece.

In those days believe it or not (by Ripley) the athletes performed naked.  Today, thankfully, naked performances only take place after the stadia are empty.  Anyway, to prevent unwanted arousal while competing, the men imbibed freely on drink containing salt-peter before and throughout the games.

At the opening ceremony, Gedophamee observed the first wave of naked, magnificently muscled males marching toward her and she exclaimed in disappointment: “Oh! limp pricks!”

And so it came to pass that the festival was named The Olympics.

Jamaicans want to believe we’re excluded from any untoward activity and it’s only others who engage in such “sinful” behaviour.  We’re probably correct.  But, on August 12, a report of the Jamaican men’s 4 × 100 metres world record run in The Australian included the following excerpt:

“..Bolt’s antics proved the most entertaining part of the display at the London Olympic stadium, whether it be his lightning bolt celebrations; his push ups after he won the 200m; or taking a camera from a photographer and photographing the crowd after he won.

           Bolt silenced the doubters who questioned his skill and commitment coming into the Games after he was beaten…..in the Jamaican trials.

         And his visit to the Swedish women’s handball team’s rooms in the athletes village after he won his 200m final doesn’t seemed to have slowed him down [emphasis mine].”

Usain’s Twitter posting of a photo of himself with three handball team members was intriguing.  Did lightening strike thrice?

Peace and Love

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