Olympian Jess Fox Wins Gold, Thanks to The Free Condoms
Everybody knows the Olympics typically are a regular freak fest when it comes down to the villages. The host countries give out something like 100,000 condoms for the athletics own discretion.
This year, however, the contraceptives ended up being used for something more important than their intended use: Winning a gold medal.
Jessica Fox, a 27-year-old from Australia participates in the slalom event in her kayak. She won a silver medal back in 2012, and a bronze in 2016.
Entering Tokyo, she was hoping to be on the podium for three straight games. Those hopes were in danger when she damaged the nose of her kayak.
In an act of quick thinking, Fox and her team slapped a new carbon finish on the front of that kayak. The only problem was they needed something to hold the finish in place. The obvious choice was to wrap the nose with a condom.
Giving out condoms in the villages goes back to the 1988 Olympics in South Korea, in the middle of the HIV and AIDS scare. Banging it out is discouraged this year with the COVID and everything, but we all know it's still going to happen.
“Our intent and goal is not for athletes to use the condoms at the Olympic Village, but to help with awareness by taking them back to their own countries,” the Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee said in a statement.
In the K1 final, she scored the fast time, but took bronze because of penalties. Thanks to the condoms, she was able to get back into the water for the C1 final, where she took gold.