Swimmers Mitch Larkin and Emily Seebohm are in Rio to hit the pool, and say they plan to be “friends who know each other really well” during the games. It helps that couples at the Olympics are not allowed to dorm together in Olympic Village—but then again, what happens in Olympic Village stays in Olympic Village.
“Basically, when we get on the pool deck we’re not boyfriend and girlfriend, we’re just friends who know each other really well,’’ Mitch told The Australian during training for the games.
Australian rugby couple Charlotte Caslick and Lewis Holland will employ a “no rugby talk” rule during the games, and hope to discuss anything but the competition.
“It’s Official! We are going to Rio!! Soooo excited to be going to my first Olympics with my besties AND my love..I can't believe we get to share this together and I am so proud of you…You have literally been there every step of my rugby 7's career…From watching my first tournament for Australia to now, we have made some pretty awesome memories with so many more to come. I hope I've helped you grow as much as you've helped me,” Charlotte wrote to her love on Instagram.
Kayaker Alyce Burnett dates fellow kayaker Jordan Wood, says they may have to sneak some sexy time in during their stay in Rio.
“There are ways around that,” she joked. “It’s one of those things that can be tricky because we compete at different times and we don’t room together so we generally just see how we feel day by day."
Taekwondo couple Carmen Marton and Safran Khalil (pic on top), who wed under Muslim law are set to marry in an Australian ceremony following the games. They will abstain from sex during their stay in Rio.
“The main thing is you can’t let anything affect your performance,” Carmen tells The Daily Telegraph. “There have been tournaments where it hasn’t made a difference and there have been others where we have completely abstained and I have found that beneficial so my preference is to not.”
And the first married gay couple will compete in the Rio games. British hockey stars Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh have been together since 2008 and have been married for three years. “Because of what we went through, it just felt a bit more monumental this time,” Kate told The Telegraph of competing in Rio with her wife.
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