Sochi 2014: Love and sex, Olympics-style

Maylin Wende and Daniel Wende of Germany kiss as they wait for their results after competing in the team pairs short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, Pool)

February 10, 2014 7:18:20 AM PST
Throw tension, good-looking bodies and close living quarters all together in a pot of roiling competition and sex is inevitable.

Why should the 2014 Sochi Games be any different from ones that went before? Three thousand athletes from around the world have descended on three Olympic villages, a kind of international zone that includes shops and leisure facilities.

Packed into dormlike rooms, with ample supplies of condoms, courtesy of the International Olympic Committee as part of their HIV/AIDS prevention program, hanky panky is sure to unfold.

"It's like making the ingredients of a huge stew -- a stew of sexual ingredients," said Dr. Judy Kurianski, a sex therapist and clinical psychologist at Columbia University's Teachers College in New York City. "There is stress, which causes tension, and anxiety and energy, and a massive outpouring of chemicals in the body ? adrenaline and endorphins. It's a powerful concoction of chemicals."

"Everyone knows the runner's high," she said. "Olympian athletes certainly have it ? it's orgasmic."

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