Sex Takes a Holiday at the Olympics  

iawriter64 54M
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2/8/2006 9:24 am

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Sex Takes a Holiday at the Olympics

As you watch the upcoming winter Olympics, keep this in mind-- many of the athletes may have abstained from sex as a way to improve their performance. From Feb. 11 Wall Street Journal-
"In preparation for Turin, Chad Hedrick, an American speedskater competing in five events, said he planned to avoid sex for at least two weeks before the Olympics in an effort to conserve strength and adrenaline.

Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov, a married ice dancing pair on the U.S. Olympic figure skating team will be "saving their energy for the ice" in Turin, according to Ms. Gregory, who says the couple routinely maintains abstinence during periods of competition. Victor Plata, a member of U.S. Olympic triathlon team, who ranked as high as 4th in the world last year, says he went 233 days without sex before the 2004 Athens Olympics. "I was completely monastic," Mr. Plata says."

It appears that " the abstinence tradition is particularly strong in such sports as boxing and football, where the theory holds that sexual frustration leads to increased aggression" while in other sports sex appears to be beneficial. "Sports psychologists say the relaxation associated with sex can help players deal with the stress of competition. Trainers who study peak athletic performance say relaxation is especially crucial in sports that require fine muscle coordination, such as archery, golf, diving, pool and pistol shooting," the WSJ article states.

So keep this in mind as you watch the Olympics. If a speed skater falls or a ski jumper flies off the run, at least he or she might have gotten laid the night before! But on the other hand, those crazy curling players might just benefit from a wild night of passion...


caressmewell 55F

2/9/2006 8:58 pm

Interesting...


rm_wellread38 58F

2/10/2006 9:55 am

Hmmmm...there's a thought...an Olympic training camp in our area instead of the rainforest project.

I like how you share your research!


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