Sochi 2014: Love and sex, Olympics-style

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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