A surge in mobile dating first appeared during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi after Olympic organisers loosened strict social media guidelines that had been in place during the 2012 Summer Games in London.
Since then, the market for hook-up apps has only grown more popular.
"Even if their face is a seven, their body is a 20." Such declarations made by athletes over recent years have done nothing to dispel the “myth” of the raunchy environment that is said to be found at the Olympic Games, where thousands of young athletes – many single – gather for two weeks, liberated after years of training for their different disciplines. There are some cuties here,” revealed snowboarder Jamie Anderson at the Sochi 2014 Winer Olympics.
Some 450,000 condoms have been ordered for the Olympic Village.
Profiles from athletes of nearly every sport can be found on Tinder with updates like "Got plenty of time to kill," or "Looking for fun in Rio!
" Hook-ups among athletes have long been part of the games but using mobile apps has made these Olympic flings a lot easier.
Countries' committees do not seem too concerned with athletes sparking romance off stage. Many updated their status to reflect they are in Rio with a photo of them shirtless or in a bikini next to the pool or a beach.
Though there is tight security, Australian teams "are free to use" Tinder and other apps, committee spokesman Mike Tancred said. Some Olympians are looking for action away from the competition and the Tinder app is proving popular.