The Olympic Village has always been a bit of a mystery, but if you thought it was a bastion of quiet preparation for the biggest moments of an athlete's life, guess again.
U.S. Olympic women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo was among athletes to shred this image and replace it with a new one of a two-and-a-half week party.
In The Body Issue of ESPN the Magazine, a story entitled "Will you still medal in the morning?" gives a full description of what goes on during the Games, thanks in part to Solo's description.
Solo's interview doesn't start off all that bad, simply saying "'There's a lot of sex going on.'" However, by the end of the story we find out just how hard she parties.
She later tells us that "'If you don't have discipline, the village can be a huge distraction.'"
It seems like she was slightly distracted. Later in the interview she recounts her exploits during the last night in Beijing, just after winning the gold medal.
"'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.'"
And that's not all. Apparently the team went on the Today Show drunk after a night of partying.
"'When we were done partying, we got out of our nice dresses, got back into our stadium coats and, at 7 a.m. with no sleep, went on the Today show drunk. Needless to say, we looked like hell.'"
This is not the type of behavior we expected of Olympians.
After training your entire life for the chance to represent your country, most fans imagined that athletes would focus entirely on the Games, and not have ragers and orgies during the Olympics.
Apparently athletes love to party, as both of those were referenced during the article, and many athletes spoke up about what they've done before and what they plan to do in London.
Coming on the heels of a failed drug test by Solo, this interview paints a whole new picture of arguably the most popular player on the U.S. women's soccer team.
Solo has been all over the news as of late. Now she is building up her rep as a hardcore party girl, with this interview damaging her reputation. While she was already known as an outspoken and rebellious player, this was not something that was expected of her.
The team had a right to celebrate, but this was taking it too far. Appearing on national television drunk is not the way that the U.S. should be represented during the Olympics.
If the team had come home and then partied when the players were not in as bright of a spotlight I would not have thought it was a big deal. However, this was an inopportune time to celebrate.
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