Tinder Use Near the Olympic Village Has 'Skyrocketed' Since the Start of the Rio Games

Hooking up in the Olympic village has never been easier

With another Olympics comes another great season for the Games’ most lamentably unrecognized sport – Tindering.

For decades, the mind-boggling number of hookups that take place at the Olympics has been no secret. From the Olympic Association’s decision to ban outdoor sex after finding the roofs of athletes’ residences were littered with condoms at the Games in Seoul to Rio’s order of 450,000 condoms for the 2016 Games (with 10,5000 competitors in Rio, that makes up an allowance 42 condoms per athlete), the Olympics have become notorious for bringing athletes together in more ways than one.

Hooking up in the Olympic village has never been easier than in 2016, when dating apps like Tinder and Bumble allow anyone with internet access to effortlessly connect with thousands of other singles.

Since the Rio Olympics began this past weekend, matches are up 129 percent and swipes are up 69 percent in the Olympic village, according to the company.

“The Olympic Games have started and Tinder use has skyrocketed in Rio de Janeir,” Rosette Pambakian, VP of Global Communications & Branding said. “Over the weekend, matches in the Olympic Village increased by 129 percent and we expect this trend to continue throughout the Games.”

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Even the Games’ most familiar faces aren’t immune to the app’s charms. Ryan Lochte told GQ he’d gotten in on the trend. The 11-time Olympic gold medalist’s profile profile, along with many, many others has been documented for those who aren’t on the app (and those users who are not willing to pay the extra $10 to search outside their own geographic region) on the Instagram account SportsSwipe.

Here’s to hoping all that extra swiping leads to some gold medal matches.

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