Competing against the best of the best. National pride. Embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
In movies about Olympic participants, one or all of those things typically serve as athletes’ main motivation for doing what they do. For working as hard as they work to earn their Olympic berths.
Of course, that’s just in the movies.
In reality, the only reason to make it to the Olympics is all the sex you’re guaranteed to have.
During a recent interview with ESPN, Team USA goalkeeper Hope Solo said this much as she -- and a bunch of other athletes -- painted vivid pictures of public bumping and grinding, lots of drinking and, oddly enough, fist-bumping.
"There's a lot of sex going on. Unlike at a bar, it's not awkward to strike up a conversation because you have something in common," Solo said. "It starts with, 'What sport do you play?' All of a sudden, you're fist-bumping."
Fist-bumping isn’t a euphemism, apparently.
"If you don't have discipline, the village can be a huge distraction," she admitted.
Okay; why is the Olympic experience so much like a bad porn movie, though?
"Athletes are extremists," she added. "When they're training, it's laser focus. When they go out for a drink, it's 20 drinks. With a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you want to build memories, whether it's sexual, partying or on the field. I've seen people having sex right out in the open. On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty."
But that’s just the low-level athletes, right? Not the high-caliber superstars like Solo, right?
"I probably shouldn't tell you this, but we met a bunch of celebrities. Vince Vaughn partied with us. Steve Byrne, the comedian. And at some point we decided to take the party back to the village, so we started talking to the security guards, showed off our gold medals, got their attention and snuck our group through without credentials -- which is absolutely unheard of."
And, she adds: "I may have snuck a celebrity back to my room without anybody knowing, and snuck him back out. But that's my Olympic secret."
Way to keep it a secret, Hope.