Olympians Partying in London: Winners Let Loose Behind Closed Doors

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By Daniel Distant, Christian Post Reporter
August 8, 2012|8:42 am

Olympians are partying in London this week after many of the sporting events are over, many medals have been won, and all of the winners are celebrating. After months of grueling training, many of the athletes haven't had the chance to cut loose.

Olympians partying in London headed to various clubs, like Chinawhite, where Ryan Lochte was spotted out with his sister at about 3:30 a.m, according to ABC's "Good Morning America." The 11-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer didn't bring his medals with him, possibly because he knew he'd be out all night.

The rest of the U.S. Olympic swim team partied as well, with 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps partying with his girlfriend, model Megan Rossee. "Yay Michael," she wrote on a picture of the two on Instagram.

Apparently, partying and other raunchy activities have been commonplace at the Olympics- that's the way U.S. Women's soccer prodigy Hope Solo tells it.

"On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty," the 2008 gold medalist told ESPN The Magazine of her time in Beijing.

"The Olympics is the height of your career, so you might do some things you don't usually do," Shauna Mullin, a British volleyball player, told the Associated Press Wednesday.

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Certainly, an enclosed village with thousands of young, fit athletes in the prime of their lives could be a recipe for lewd behavior, but some Olympians feel that earlier reports were exaggerated.

"It's not something I've seen at all … Maybe I wasn't up on the right nights," Warwick Draper, an Australian canoeist, explained. "It's not something I think you'd expect to see in the village."

Worse, there isn't much privacy in the Olympic village- many of the athletes stay with coaches, and their accommodations can be uncomfortable, to say the least.

"As an athlete you have to relax, get a little bit of space … but here it is tight and the beds are too small," Ibrahim Turay, a sprinter from Sierra Leone, revealed to AP. "It is a bit difficult for me to lie down."

With those things in mind, many Olympians turned to London's nightlife, with some not getting back to the village until the wee hours of the morning.

"These guys and girls … once they go out, they're going all out," Jen Peros of Us Weekly told GMA. "They did get pretty crazy. But you know, these of course are very mature people. They keep themselves in line."

 

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