The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will begin Friday, August 5. Athletes have been training for years to compete in the olympic games, and training day in and day out doesn’t leave much time for a social life. Olympics and dating don’t really go hand-in-hand.
A typical day in the life of an Olympic athlete can vary anywhere from 3 to 10 or more hours of training a day. Training is their job, and the hours are full-time, with overtime.
27 year old Olympic gymnast Louis Smith has put himself on a “dating ban” leading up to the 2016 Olympics. In an interview he did with Mirror Celeb, Smith said,
“My friends will invite me out to a Mexican restaurant and I’ll take a step back and think, ‘Will it be beneficial to me to go out and eat Mexican food ahead of the Olympic Games?’ And I say, ‘No, it’s not’, so I just stay in and relax.”
Smith said he has to be selfish, but he’s used to it, because he’s had to be that way since the age of 14. He did, however, manage to maintain a 14-month relationship with now ex-girlfriend Lucy Mecklenburgh until they split this past February. So, is his dating ban a result of his Olympic dreams or a broken heart? Maybe both.
Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian also knows the woes that come with Olympics and dating. In an interview with PEOPLE, he put it plainly when he said,
“Dating as an Olympic athlete is extremely hard.”
Adrian also said he makes time to unwind with his friends each week to keep his life in balance, and he is open to dating if the right person comes along.
“There are a lot of things that people don’t understand unless they were in the same kind of position you were in. The levels of empathy have to be high in a partner if you are able to have a relationship.”
There you have it. According to Adrian, empathy is key when it comes to Olympics and dating. It makes sense – few people could put up withthe tough schedule and extreme dedication unless they’ve experienced it themselves in some way.
Gabby Douglas, part of the “Fierce Five” in the 2012 Olympics, has a sense of humor when the question of her relationship status arises.
“No I don’t have a boyfriend; I don’t have time. All of my attention and focus was spent, you know, in the gym, training, so I was already in a relationship, and his name was Jim…Nastics.”
Douglas’ mind is set on becoming the first U.S. gymnast to win a second gold medal, back-to-back, so she doesn’t have time to focus on a boyfriend.
It sounds like the general consensus among olympic athletes when it comes to olympics and dating is a resounding:
As for the rest of us non-olympian folk, we can put olympics and dating together without any issues.
The opening ceremony begins Friday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. – the perfect time for a date.
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