A picture of Lebron James and Lauren Perdue at the 2012 London Olympics posted by Perdue on her instagram. (Photo : @loperdue)
It may be all grit and glory for the Olympic athletes, but behind closed doors, it's really more like a summer camp for extremely competitive adults - romances erupt and socks are hung on doors while roommates are out swimming or running. Although not as steamy, the latest spotlight seems to be on U.S. swimmer Lauren Perdue for apparently rejecting a dinner offer by U.S. basketball superstar Lebron James.
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"Lebron James just invited me to dinner...Um wuuuutttt?!?"
She never went though, because of a curfew.
"He was kind of joking. But he was basically like, 'Would you like to come eat with me at the dining hall?' And I said, 'Um, I'm sorry, I have a curfew.'"
Keep in mind that Lebron James is engaged to high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson and may have probably learned a few lessons about infidelity from his fellow teammate Kobe Bryant who was several times rumored to practice such in the past.
These kinds of interactions are common in the Olympic Village where the athletes stay (the U.S. men's basketball team doesn't stay there, and the James-Perdue incident took place while the team was getting a tour of the Village). The athletes are here to win gold, but they have all taken the same arduous path that puts them among the world's elite, and their shared background breaks language and political barriers.
And what's one of the most tried-and-true ice breakers? Sex.
A report released by ESPN before the Olympics started revealed just how much sexual interaction goes on between the athletes at the Olympic Village.
"There's a lot of sex going on," said U.S. women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo. "I'd say it's 70 percent to 75 percent of Olympians."
Apparently, the Olympic committee has a standing order of 100,000 condoms per Olympic games.
"Athletes are extremists. 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 also said. "I've seen people having sex right out in the open. On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty."
In light of this, Lebron's dinner invitation is pretty timid - it's a pity he got a rejected for being so innocent.