In 2009 in New Zealand, Olympic-hopeful Logan Campbell decided he was going to take his fate into his own hands by attempting to earn the $250,000 he anticipated needing in order to make it to the 2012 London Summer Games. His plan: open a high-end escort agency to offer educated, attractive Auckland beauties as hourly companions.
Campbell competed in Taekwondo at the 2008 Beijing games, finishing in the top 16 in the feather-weight division. His parents saved to support his dream, and he estimates that he spent over $90,000 to compete in the preliminary events leading up to competing in Beijing. His father took on two jobs to support his family and his son’s goals, and Campbell felt that he was a financial burden to his parents.
Not sure what kind of business could quickly bring in the kind of cash he needed, he and his business partner Hugo Phillips opened the agency in July 2009. However, his new business earned criticism from Taekwondo funding manager John Schofield and the national Olympic committee. They said that each athlete selected for international competition must be able to serve as an example to the youth of the country, and they were concerned that Campbell’s business might not set a proper example.
As Campbell’s story caught the media’s eye, he started being offered more sponsorships from various sources, which helped to fund his necessary costs and plans. He obtained a grant that allowed him to train full time and other funds that helped him to travel and pay entry fees to other competitions. After these donations began to roll in, Campbell succumbed to the scrutiny and pressures exerted by the Olympic committee and funding manger and sold the escort agency.
While Campbell’s escort agency was under scrutiny by the “powers that be,” it should be noted that prostitution in New Zealand is legal, and his business was operating fully under the law. And, Campbell very carefully distinguished himself as an escort agency owner and its differences from being a pimp in a quote he gave to The Telegraph: “When people think of a pimp they think of a guy standing around on a street corner with gold chains. Pimps are more tough-type guys,” he said. “I’m an owner of an escort agency.”
And, while Campbell cowled to the pressures put upon him by the prudish notions of the national Olympic committee, one would be rather naive to think that the sex industry is a non-issue for Olympics-bound athletes. Prior to the Sydney Summer Games in 2000, cyclist Nicole Tasker worked as a lap dancer and exotic dancer in a strip club in the same city as Campbell’s gentleman’s club to fund her way to the Games. Also, swimmer Toni Jeffs, who placed 27th in the women’s 50 m Freestyle at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona was partially funded by a strip club.
But, while all of this infers that the road to the Olympic gold may be paved with blood, sweat and a little sex appeal, the reality is that once the Olympians get to the Olympic Village, they are certainly primed and pumped to enjoy each other fully, too.
Sex and the Olympics go together like bread and butter (which is maybe why so many Olympians have made money — i.e. their bread and butter — from sexually-related endeavors). The fact of the matter is that a lot of sex is happening between Olympians in Olympic Village. So, all that crap about the national committee insinuating you must be of higher moral character and promote a good example to the youth of your nation apparently doesn’t apply once you get to the Olympics.
Organizers supplied Olympians in Sydney with 70,000 condoms at the beginning of the Games. In the middle of the Games, 20,000 more condoms had to be ordered to meet the demand of the athletes. The entire supply of prophylactics were gone three days before the end of the competitions. Nearly 100,000 condoms were used, and only 10,651 Olympians were in Olympic Village. Additionally, three prostitutes were discovered in the Village, too.
The Sydney athletes weren’t the only horny ones. In Athens, 10,568 athletes went through 130,000 condoms during the Olympic Games. And, finally, the Olympians who competed in Salt Lake City in 2002, received their 250,000 trucked-in rubbers amidst Mormon protestors on the streets. During the games in Salt Lake City and despite the protestors, organizers had to restock the vending machines every two hours.
One thing is for certain, Olympians who are the most in-shape, fit people in the world enjoy healthy hormones and, obviously, think about sex, despite the fact they should be setting “examples for the young people of their nations.”