Gold Medalist Hope Solo Reveals Her 'Olympics Secret'

Soccer player reveals the secrets of what occurs in the Olympic Village.

ByABC News
July 13, 2012, 6:17 AM

July 13, 2012 — -- The buff and beautiful U.S. gold-medalist Hope Solo reveals the secrets of life among athletes in the Olympic Village, telling ESPN about a few key moments of the 2008 Beijing games that were not so solo at all.

Solo, who was the goalkeeper at Beijing 2008 and helped lead the U.S. team to a 1-0 victory over Brazil, told ESPN magazine that one night during the Beijing games she sneaked an unnamed celebrity back to her room in the Olympic Village, which was a major violation of the rules.

Solo calls this her "Olympics secret."

"When you mix great bodies with considerable confidence, and in some cases substantial wealth, you have a recipe for a very effective game," ESPN writer Sam Alipour told ABC News.

Solo, 30, also discussed the level of partying that some young athletes do while at the event, particularly after a big win. After the U.S. women's soccer team won the gold that year, Solo says she and her teammates went on an all-night bender with actor Vince Vaughn.

"When we were done partying, we got out of our nice dresses, got back into our stadium coats," at which point, she says, they went on live television, still drunk.

Solo even flubbed the interview, answering a question, "There is no pressure going into the game, other than it being a World Cup -- I mean an … an Olympic Final."

Alipour says that rules of conduct while representing one's nation at the games vary between teams and countries.

"Some enforce a curfew -- an 11 p.m. noise curfew -- others have chaperones," he says. "But where there is a will, there is a way."

"In many cases it's celebratory sex for the winners, in the case of the losers, it's a consolation prize," Alipour added.

Solo is just one of many athletes now spilling stories to ESPN about the Olympic Village -- a place where officials reportedly regularly stock a hundred thousand condoms.

American javelin thrower Breaux Greer tells ESPN he had sex with three women a day during the 2000 Olympics. Skier Carrie Sheinberg says in 1994, German bobsledders offered her their gold medals in exchange for sex.

Swimmer Ryan Lochte estimates that 70-75 percent of all Olympians are having sex, as he points it poetically, "Hey, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do."

"You're taking those athletes out of their natural habit, and you're dropping them into the world's largest coed dorm," USA Today Columnist Christine Brennan said.

John Godina, silver and bronze medalist in shot-put tells ABC News that sex isn't necessarily the first thing on the minds of these Olympians.

"Athletes go there focused and once their job is done, they have fun," Godina said. "They don't necessarily go there looking for it, but things happen ... you learn not to ask a lot of questions."