Athletes set to get frisky in sex-filled Olympic village

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Olympic gossip: 'A lot of sex' expected in London, but Aussie shooter can't sleep with his wife

LAST UPDATED AT 11:20 ON Tue 17 Jul 2012

The first competitors have taken up residence in the Olympic village as tales of debauchery in the athletes quarters at previous Games emerge. "There's a lot of sex going on," says American female footballer Hope Solo in ESPN magazine's 'Body Issue'. Former US shooter Josh Lakatos claimed he ran a "friggin' brothel" during the 2000 Sydney Games. And despite the attempts of coaches to limit alcohol and frisky behaviour in the village, athletes live by what former swimmer Summer Sanders calls the second Olympic motto: "What happens in the village stays in the village."

IDOWU POSTS TWITTER VIDEO IN EFFORT TO PROVE FITNESS
Triple-jumper Phillips Idowu posted a training video on Twitter yesterday in an apparent bid to show the world he will be fit for the upcoming Games, reports The Independent. The video shows Idowu lefting weights “with no difficulty” alongside the message: “A Lil squat session to start the day. Can U guess the weight?” It follows the Olympic hopeful’s withdrawal from the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace last Saturday and reports he has hired his own medical team to overcome a hip problem. Idowu has not competed since early June.

DAME KELLY HOLMES INSPIRES GIGGS AND BELLAMY
Dame Kelly Holmes, double Olympic gold medallist, welcomed Great Britain's Olympic football squad to the Olympic village yesterday with an "inspirational speech", according to The Daily Telegraph. Holmes told the team to embrace the spirit of the Games, and veterans Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy are already looking forward to life in the village. Bellamy hopes to catch up with Usain Bolt and Giggs wants to meet Roger Federer.

AUSTRALIAN COUPLE 'BANNED' FROM ROOMING TOGETHER
Australian shooter Russell Mark claims he has been "banned" from sleeping with his fellow Olympic shooter wife in the athlete's village during the Games. Mark believes that he and his wife, Lauryn, are being "discriminated against" as homosexual couples are allowed to room together, reports The Metro. The Marks have been in the headlines already this year, with Lauryn posing in a bikini on the cover of Zoo magazine in Australia, and Russell set to make his mark at the opening ceremony by wearing a mankini after losing a bet.

MET OFFICE PREDICTS BETTER WEATHER FOR GAMES
There could be sunshine during the Olympics Games after all, as the Met Office's long-range forecast predicts "some brighter, warmer weather" by the opening ceremony, said The Daily Telegraph. The news will be welcomed by many athletes already suffering the cold temperatures. Hurdler Liu Xiang is reported to have moved from his London base to Dusseldorf after getting fed up with the constant rain. Sports minister Hugh Robertson yesterday refused to apologise for the weather saying it was "a fact of life". · 

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