'We were bored': Olympic gold medallist's strange sex confession

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Denise Lewis, pictured here after winning gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Denise Lewis won gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Image: Getty

Stories about sex in the Olympic village are nothing new.

But British Olympian Denise Lewis has made the bizarre confession that she eavesdropped on fellow athletes getting it on at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

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Lewis revealed this week that she was "bored" during some downtime at the Sydney Games, so she and some teammates decided to listen in on others having sex.

The heptathlon gold medallist said she received a phone call inviting her to another room where some shenanigans could be heard through the wall.

Appearing on British game show A League of Their Own, Lewis was asked by presenter Romesh Ranganathan: "Denise, the Olympic Village is, you know, we all know it's full of people just at it."

Lewis said: "I do recall one occasion where there was someone literally at it, and I got a phone call.

"And it was like 'literally, so and so' - she will remain anonymous."

Ranganathan asked: "What do you mean you got the phone call? So somebody was at it."

Lewis didn't reveal who she listened to, but said she went into a teammate's room and they cupped their ears to the wall.

"Someone was in the next room to someone who was getting their groove on, and so we piled into the room next door," she said.

"They said 'who wants to have a listen'. Well, we were bored. Bored."

Denise Lewis, pictured here after winning gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Denise Lewis celebrates after winning gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Athletes banned from having sex at Tokyo Olympics

The sexual escapades of athletes in the Olympic village have been well documented over the years, with plenty of mingling happening after events have finished.

However sex and most other mingling was banned at the Tokyo Olympics due to Covid-19.

Kissing, hugging and high-fiving were among a list of 'do nots' implemented by officials to ensure the Games were as safe as possible.

Athletes were also banned from sticking around after their events had finished and were required to return to their native countries as soon as possible.

The beds used in the Tokyo Olympic village was also made of cardboard, a move that some thought was designed to discourage athletes from breaking the sex ban.

American distance runner Paul Chelimo said the cardboard beds were "aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes".

"Beds will (only) be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports," he tweeted.

However other athletes filmed themselves jumping on their beds and sitting with other athletes on them to debunk the myth.

And despite warnings to "avoid unnecessary forms of physical contact", organisers reportedly handed out around 160,000 condoms.

But the Olympics organising committee told AFP: "The distributed condoms are not meant to be used at the Olympic Village."

Instead they are supposed to be "brought back by athletes to their respective home countries and to help them support the campaign to raise awareness (about HIV/AIDS)."

with AFP

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