British Olympics legend Denise Lewis eavesdropped on stars having sex at Games

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Athletes in the Olympic village are so bored they pass the time by listening to other get it on, according to one British gold medal-winner.

Denise Lewis has represented Team GB at two Games, taking a bronze medal in the heptathlon at Atlanta '96 before scooping gold in Sydney four years later.

So she was in a good position to answer comedian Romesh Ranganathan's questions about athletes' private time in the Olympic village when she appeared as a guest on the latest episode of Sky's A League Of Their Own.

Host Ranganathan wasted little time before interrogating the two-time Commonwealth champion about nocturnal activities at the Games.

"Denise, the Olympic village is, you know, we all know it's full of people just at it," he said, sparking an anecdote from Lewis in which she admitted she had purposely gone to listen to other athletes having sex.

The 49-year-old said she was alerted by someone who was in the room next to a couple of athletes quite audibly getting it on.

"I do recall one occasion where there was someone literally at it, and I got a phone call," she said.

"Someone was in the next room to someone who was getting their groove on, and so we piled into the room next door."

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Lewis refused to name anyone involved in the story, but defended their actions by saying it was because they were bored.

The Olympic village is often a hotbed of romance, with so many under-pressure people in peak physical condition spending so much time in close proximity.

Tokyo 2020 organisers tried to clamp down on nocturnal relations at the most recent Games by providing cardboard beds which were supposed to break if things get too hot and heavy.

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But around 150,000 condoms were still handed out, as it seems they were resigned to the fact they would not be able to stop people getting frisky.

Modern-day athletes use apps like Tinder to seek out other competitors, with booze-filled parties also adding to the equation.

Gold medal-winning goalkeeper for the US football team Hope Solo has previously opened up on some of the sexual activity she has seen among athletes.

"There's a lot of sex going on," she said.

""Athletes are extremists. When they're training, it's laser focus. When they go out for a drink, it's 20 drinks.

"With a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you want to build memories, whether it's sexual, partying or on the field.

"I've seen people having sex right out in the open. On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty."

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