A duo that represented Brazil in the synchronized diving event in the ongoing 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio will never be performing together again for a bizarre reason: one of them was reportedly involved in a “marathon sex session” the night before the event while locking the other one out of her own room for the entire night.
According to reports in Brazil, 17-year-old Giovanna Pedroso and 20-year-old Ingrid Oliveira had a row because Pedroso was kicked out of their room in the Olympic Village so that Oliveira could enjoy some intimate time with another Brazilian athlete. Pedroso immediately got furious at her teammate. And to add fuel to the fire, the incident actually took place the night before they were scheduled to represent their country in the synchronized diving event of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Pedroso was reportedly not allowed back into the room the whole night while Oliveira was busy with Brazilian canoeist Pedro Goncalves (seen in the photo below taken from his Instagram account).
The two girls participated in the women’s 10-meter synchronized diving event the following day, August 9, but could only finish last in the category. And if the reports are to be believed, the rift from the night before might have had a severe effect on their performance.
The gold in the women’s 10m synchronized diving event was claimed by the Chinese duo Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia. Malaysia’s Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong won the silver while Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion also made it to the podium for the bronze medal.
Despite winning silver together at the Toronto Pan American Games last year, the home team’s effort was so poor it was actually labeled “pathetic” by the local media. And it is believed that this wasn’t the first time that Oliveria had fallen out with Pedroso. According to Daily Mirror, the pair were not on speaking terms for weeks leading to the Olympics following an argument over the training routine and the moves for their dive. However, they had agreed to put their differences aside for the sake of the tournament.
And although Pedroso did not explicitly mention Oliveira and Goncalves’ “marathon night of sex,” as the South American media have labeled it, it proved to be the final straw as Pedroso vowed never to compete together with Oliveira again. She spoke with Brazil’s O Globo about the matter.
“The fight started in training because I wanted to do one type of dive and she wanted to do another. I don’t know if we are going to continue together. My coach and I have already spoken and after the Olympics I’m going to focus on my individual performances.”
“It’s good because I’m not going to need to depend on anyone. Then I will be able to improve and evolve more.”
Oliveira has also confirmed that the pair will not be working together in the future.
“People fight about whatever and don’t talk but when it comes to competition time they come together because it’s a unique moment. The Olympics on home soil. We put our differences aside and spoke to each normally. From today I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
“But what I do know is that I won’t do synchronized diving any more with her.”
Oliviera had also drawn the ire of the Brazilian public and press last year for posting provocative photos of herself in a swimsuit the day before her first individual jump at the Pan American Games in Toronto. Oliviera is quite the controversial figure in Brazil as many people believe that she is more focused on showing off than actually performing as an athlete. Many of her Instagram posts include photos of her wearing short bikinis and swimsuits.
Meanwhile Brazilian canoeist Pedro Goncalves, the other half of the “sex marathon,” remains tight-lipped regarding the incident that supposedly broke the duo’s relationship. In a question asked by the Globo Esporte regarding the incident his reply was simple.
“My personal life…I do not speak about.”
With thousands of participants living in the Olympic village during the course of the tournament, sexual intercourse among the athletes is not unheard of. In fact, it was revealed in May that about 450,000 condoms were set to be distributed among the participants of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio in order to encourage the athletes to practice safe sex.
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