Boise State Olympian Debunks Rumors About Cardboard Beds in Hilarious Video
For many years, the Olympic Village has had a reputation for being a place where athletes engage in some risqué business.
Knowing that hook-ups in the village are inevitable, games organizers have been handing out condoms to the athletes since the 80s. According to USA Today, Tokyo's ordered at least 150,000 of them for this year's games but will not hand them out until the athletes depart the Olympic Village for the final time. They're meant to be a souvenir and a PSA about raising HIV/AIDS awareness.
Because of the looming COVID-19 threat, games organizers highly discourage ANY type of physical at the games. The official rule book warns athletes to avoid unnecessary forms of physical contact including hugs, high-fives and handshakes.
For that reason, social media started claiming that the recyclable cardboard beds installed in the Tokyo Olympic village were created to be "anti-sex" beds. The theory was fueled by athletes like United States 10,000 Meter run champion, Paul Chelimo, who tweeted:
Other claims said that if athletes made a sudden movement other than rolling over in their sleep, the bed could collapse.
When former Boise State track star, Jordin Andrade, arrived in Tokyo, he decided to put these claims to the test. He risked breaking this bed on Day One by belly flopping onto it and then followed it up with a body slam.
Later in the thread, Andrade said that the beds are sturdy and clearly the idea of "anti-sex" beds was a lie.
The beds are actually designed to support up to 441 pounds. The cardboard frame design was chosen so that the beds could become paper products after the Olympians head back to their home countries. The "anti-sex" theory isn't true and was blown way out of proportion.
Andrade is a 2015 Boise State graduate and school record holder in the 400 Meter Hurdles. He's representing Cape Verde in that event in Tokyo. The first round of 400 Meter Hurdles at the Tokyo games is scheduled for the morning session on Friday, July 30. However, Tokyo is 16 hours ahead of the Mountain Time Zone, so the event actually takes place at 7:55 p.m. MT on July 29 in our time zone.