Olympians using 'hook-up app' Tinder in Sochi
American snowboarder says Tinder use is 'next level' in Sochi right now
It's no secret that at this very moment, thousands of incredibly fit and talented young people are gathered in Sochi, Russia, some of them for what may very well be the best time of their lives.
To a single Olympian looking for dates (when they aren't, you know, competing for medals) it's almost too good to be true – especially when you factor in modern courtship technologies.
According to 23-year-old American snowboarder Jamie Anderson, many athletes are using the wildly-popular mobile dating app Tinder to connect with other Olympians in Sochi, and the prospects, she says, are incredible.
"Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level," said the California native to Us Weekly during a press conference this week. "It's all athletes! In the mountain village it's all athletes. It's hilarious. There are some cuties on there."
Because Tinder, which is often referred to as a "hook-up app," is location-based, only those in and around the Olympic village would appear in a nearby user's feed. If two users "swipe right" to indicate they're interested in each other, the app would allow them to privately message one another.
So for those who are into the athletic type, the Olympic Games are a virtual wellspring of potential connections. Three thousand of them, in fact.
A newly launched Twitter feed called "Sochi on Tinder" has been screencapping the profiles of athletes who use the service.
So far, 21 female profiles have been discovered, and many of the women featured in them proudly display their Olympic pride.
— Sochi On Tinder (@SochiOnTinder) February 13, 2014
New Zealand snowboarder Rebecca Torr is one of the athletes who has admitted to using the app, but she hasn't quite found what she's looking for yet, according to a post on Twitter.
It seems so far that not many Olympians use tinder.... Just wanna match with the Jamaican bobsled team
— Rebecca Possum Torr (@PossumTorr) February 2, 2014
Fortunately, after her Tweet scored a significant amount of media attention, her wish came true – no Tinder match required.
— Rebecca Possum Torr (@PossumTorr) February 12, 2014
As for Anderson, using Tinder in Sochi was fun – but not at the expense of her gold medal performance.
“There was a point where I had to be, like, okay, this is way too distracting,” she said. “I deleted my account to focus on the Olympics.”
And she's not the only one sticking to the athletic portion of the games.
When asked about the app's popularity in Sochi, fellow American gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg told USA Today, “I deleted it before I went."