New York, July 13 : Goalkeeper for the US women's team Hope Solo has dished out all the sleaze that happens at the Olympics - from binge drinking to public sex.
The soccer star and other Olympians come clean about the game's dirtiest secrets - from sex-crazed athletes to late nights with Vince Vaughn.
Solo said that she and her teammates even appeared drunk in an interview on the `Today' show, after a night of celebration in honour of the team's gold medal win in 2008.
"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," the New York Daily News quoted her as saying in the new "Body Issue" of ESPN The Magazine.
In a video of the interview, Solo mistakenly calls the Olympics the World Cup.
"Needless to say, we looked like hell," she said.
Solo, 30, said that she spent the night of debauchery with "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," she said.
She added that she even brought one lucky celeb to her room, "but that's my Olympic secret."
Solo is one of several Olympic veterans who spoke to the magazine about the rowdy rager that is the Olympic Village, described by one athlete as a "frat party with a very nice gene pool."
"Athletes are extremists," Solo said. "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."
Solo said that she's even seen people having sex "right out in the open" in the Olympic Village.
"On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty."
Other players agree that the village, the center built in each host city to accommodate the athletes, is a place where the players let loose and party hard, described by some as a giant orgy.
Breaux Greer, a javelin thrower, said he had sex with three women every day during the 2000 Olympics.
Skier Carrie Sheinberg said a group of German bobsledders once offered her their gold medals in exchange for sexual favours.
"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."
As Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Summer Sanders once put it, the Games' second motto is, "What happens in the village stays in the village."
Solo hit headlines earlier this week when she tested positive for a banned substance.
She unknowingly ingested Canrenone, which was found in a prescription medicine she was taking. However, she won't be penalized. (ANI)
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