Tinder… Does that mean anything to you? If not, you are likely over the age of 30 and married with children. Let’s just say, these aren’t your parents’ Olympics! A common truth at any Olympic event is that the best amateur athletes in the world will be congregating. Most, if not all of these athletes are young, and many are single. It also does’n hurt that they are Olympic caliber athletes. It appears that most of the Olympians in Sochi can answer the earlier question about Tinder in the affirmative.
What do you think happens when a group of world class athletes get together for two weeks in a foreign land? Aside from the main event of sporting competitions, there also happens to be a fair amount of dating and relationships forming among the athletes. Jaime Anderson, the American gold medalist in slopestyle skiing reports that Tinder is extremely popular among the athletes. She went on to say:
Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level. It’s all athletes! In the mountain village it’s all athletes. It’s hilarious. There are some cuties on there.
With the new technology, it’s easier than ever to find dates online, and now on you cell phone. Tinder is a mobile app that allows you to view other Tinder users who are in your area. When you see the picture, you either swipe one direction if you like that person, or the other if you do not. If both user swipe that they are interested, Tinder connects the two, who can then arrange to talk or meet. With almost 3,000 athletes in Sochi, for the Olympics, the Tinder pool has plenty of potential matches.
Anderson was so worried that she’d become too distracted by Tinder, and the possibility of meeting up with the “cuties”, that she disabled the app, saying:
There was a point where I had to be like OK, this is way too distracting. I deleted my account to focus on the Olympics.
Tinder is not the reason that the Olympians are getting together, but it appears to be making it much easier and more fun for all involved! For those athletes that are not disabling their Tinder accounts, or re-activating them after their events are over, the Olympic organizers are handing out approximately 100,000 condoms as a part of their effort of preventing the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and and HIV.
New Zealand snowboarder, Rebecca Torr, joked earlier in the week that she had hoped to meet the famous Jamaican bobsledding team via Tinder. That tweet was picked up by the Olympic village daily, and before her stay in Sochi was complete, she had met the Jamaican bobsledders. No word if that meeting was facilitated by Tinder!