After I was awarded first team All-American honors in sabre fencing in 1982, I was approached by a coach from the US national team – would I consider spending two years in New York after graduation, in a bid to join the US Olympic team for the games in 1984? The Navy could cut me “recruiting” orders, such things had been done before. I was deeply conflicted, flight school awaited.
The chance of a lifetime, or the dream of a lifetime?
Pensacola, as it turned out.
And that may have made all the difference:
Health officials in Vancouver have already provided 100,000 free condoms to the roughly 7,000 ahtletes and officials at the Games. That’s about 14 condoms per person. But as of Wednesday, those supplies started running dangerously low.
So naturally, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS research decided to step and make sure there were no hitches in Olympic action.
“When we heard about the condom shortage in Vancouver, we felt it important to respond immediately,” said Kerry Whiteside, CANFAR’s Executive Director. The organization assembled three large boxes of about 8,500 condoms, much to the relief of libidos at the Olympic Village. They’re expected to arrive on Thursday.
With respect, I think the numbers are a bit skewed: There may be 7,000 athletes at Vancouver, but roughly half of them are female and don’t, you know.
All by themselves, I mean.