Behind the scenes at the Olympic Village
ESPN's body issue provides a behind-the-scenes look at what really happens in the Olympic village. From cafeterias filled with beautiful people to raucous parties, learn all the juicy secrets about the part of the Olympics you won't see on TV. As Team USA target shooter, Josh Lakatos, reportedly described the scene in Sydney in 2000, "I've never witnessed so much debauchery in my entire life."
Though Team USA women's gymnasts generally do not stay in the Olympic village, they reportedly are not completely left out of all the fun. The article reveals that, in Beijing, 18-year-old team USA cyclist, Taylor Phinney, reportedly had a "massive crush" on 16-year-old Shawn Johnson. Reportedly, Phinney and Johnson engaged in a "kissing session" after Johnson won her gold medal on beam. Afterwards, Phinney reportedly was so giddy that he nearly forgot he had to race.
Other gymnasts in Beijing also reportedly flirted with the water polo and judo athletes, who shared their training room. Alicia Sacramone reportedly said: "That's where most of my socialization took place -- in a tub, up to my chest in ice water . . . . The younger girls would try to flirt with stuff like, 'Look at that butt on him!' I'm like, 'Excuse me, did that just come out of your mouth? Don't pay attention to his butt!'"
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