Athletes Who Are on Tinder

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2014

Athletes Who Are on Tinder

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    Kathy Willens/Associated Press

    It may be absolutely ridiculous, but if you’re a 20-something who has any free time on their hands, there’s a very good chance that you know about—and probably use—the “dating” app called Tinder.

    Matching up people within a certain distance of each other, it gives the user a chance to swipe right or left depending on their preferences of a few pics, hoping for a match to meet up with them.

    And while I personally love using it while drunk, a few pro athletes have found that it’s the best way to actually meet people—with some even being spoofed about having the app.

    So which ones are the biggest culprits? Keep reading to find out—and keep an eye out the next time you’re swiping.

Breno Giacomini

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    What’s the best way for an athlete to get familiar with a new city? By setting themselves up with a Tinder account, obviously.

    That’s what New York Jets offensive lineman Breno Giacomini did, welcoming himself to the Big Apple following a new deal with the team by trying to find Ms. Right—with Tinder—at the very least giving him plenty of options.

Jamie Anderson

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    It’s no secret that the Olympic Village brings the hormones out of almost every single athlete who’s lucky enough to take part in the Games.

    Surrounded by thousands of attractive, in-shape people, it’s no wonder that U.S. snowboarder Jamie Anderson admitted that using Tinder in the village was “next level” during this past winter’s Olympics in Sochi.

Rene Swette

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    Jussi Nukari/Associated Press

    Like the aforementioned Jamie Anderson, Austrian hockey goalie Rene Swette was found on Tinder from his time searching for girls on the app during the Olympics.

    While his job is to usually stop people from scoring, he turned to the app to help him score during the two-week event.

    No word on if he did or not.

Greivis Vasquez

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    Like most people who are on Tinder, Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez was hoping that he could just blend in with the millions of others on there without actually getting recognized.

    That wasn’t the case, though, as Vasquez was spotted on the app prior to a game in Philadelphia last year, no doubt looking for a little love on the road.

Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Let’s face it—Tinder can be weird. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun.

    So while three U.S. skiers, Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper—who all scooped medals in slopestyle—may have thought it was awkward at first, they still found themselves swiping away during the Games.

    I’m guessing wearing their medals around probably replaced the app on their quest to find girls.

Kyle Wilson

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    Like a few of his other New York Jets teammates, cornerback Kyle Wilson has turned to Tinder to help him weed out all the jersey-chasers out there—concealing his profession to help find the right lady.

    Being in one of the biggest cities in the world, I’m sure Wilson finds himself overwhelmed with the wealth of options he sees each day.

Rebecca "Possum" Torr

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    A blonde snowboarder from New Zealand, Rebecca Torr probably doesn’t need too much help finding a guy who would be interested in her.

    Still, the girl they call "Possum" still couldn’t wait to test her Tinder game at this year’s Olympics, hopefully choosing wisely who she wanted to meet up with during her stay in the Olympic Village.

T.J. Oshie

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    USA TODAY Sports

    OK, so Olympic hero T.J. Oshie might not have actually been on Tinder during the Games, but he was still spotted on there thanks to a fake profile.

    In fact, Oshie—who became a legend during the Americans’ match against Russia—admitted that he was actually honored that someone would go through the trouble to duplicate him.

    No word on if T.J.’s fiance, Lauren Cosgrove, was as impressed.

Matt Margetts

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    As you can tell by this photo of Canadian skier Matt Margetts, the dude isn't bashful about showing some skin for the camera—even when he's surrounded by snow.

    So it probably shouldn't be too surprising that he was one of the Olympians who was using Tinder during the Sochi Games earlier this year.

    Hell, on his profile, Margetts doesn't even try to disguise his profession, making his info and pics all about skiing.

Calvin Pryor

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    Unlike some of his other New York Jets teammates, safety Calvin Pryor is all about showing off his profession on his Tinder profile, repping his Gang Green gear proudly so girls know what’s up.

    Seeing how Pryor’s defensive mate Ikemefuna Enemkpali admitted that guys sit around and give advice on each other’s Tinder game, I sure hope there aren’t any arguments over which guy gets to message a girl first.

Billy Morgan

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    Upon looking at British snowboarder Billy Morgan's Tinder profile, it's clear that he knows what's up, flashing lots of skin and using enough wit in his info.

    As anyone who has Tinder knows, it's all about the pictures, and Morgan's bare butt shot of him walking into the water is a good icebreaker to get a girl's attention.

Andrew Wiggins

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    This year’s No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, Andrew Wiggins hasn’t found much love from his current team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, so it seems like he’s taking his talents online to get some TLC.

    Rumored to be traded for a guy named Kevin Love in, potentially, a few days, Wiggins being on Tinder is just too perfect—and he could have a new batch of ladies to choose from very soon.

    As Andrew admitted, he just wants to be with someone who wants him.

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