How Australia’s Jess Fox Went Full MacGyver and Used a Condom to Help Win a Medal at the Tokyo Olympics

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Australia's Jess Fox holds bronze medal

For years there have been stories of widespread sex among athletes at the Olympics. Since 1988, officials in the host country have regularly distributed condoms to the athletes. Japan is continuing the trend with a caveat — all prophylactics are supposed to only be distributed to athletes leaving the Games. 

Australia’s Jess Fox managed to get her hands on a condom before exiting the Games and is glad she did. It came in quite handy during her competition and allowed her to go on and win a bronze medal.   

A long history of sex at the Olympic Games

There are countless stories on the Internet of the games within the Olympic Games and the penchant of athletes hooking up with other athletes. It’s not surprising, considering their age, fitness level/physical attractiveness, and the amount of free time on their hands when not competing. 

“There’s a lot of sex going on,” Hope Solo, the two-time gold medal goalkeeper for the U.S., told ESPN in 2012. 

“I’d say it’s 70 percent to 75 percent of Olympians,” six-time gold medal-winning swimmer Ryan Lochte said. “Hey, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.”

Jess Fox uses condom for kayak repair and wins bronze medal

Jess Fox made her Olympics debut in London back in 2012, where she won a silver medal in the K1 canoe slalom competition. Four years later, in Rio de Janeiro, Fox won bronze.

In Tokyo, she hoped to improve on her previous Olympic efforts but encountered trouble early on when she hit something that damaged the tip of her kayak. She then went full MacGyver and resorted to using a condom to hold the carbon mixture applied to the tip of the vessel. 

“Bet you never knew condoms could be used for kayak repairs,” the 27-year-old wrote in a video showing the repair on Instagram. 

“Very stretchy, much strong,” the post reads, and “it gives the carbon a smooth finish!” 

After qualifying with the fastest time, Jess Fox hit a gate on her final run, which resulted in a time penalty, and dropped her from the gold medal to bronze.

“I went through all the emotions today! Proud to win an Olympics bronze medal,” she wrote on Instagram. “It wasn’t the perfect run I was chasing, but I really fought hard and gave it everything so I’m lucky and grateful to be on the podium and cherishing this third Olympic medal.”

Jess Fox wins her first Olympic gold medal

While earning bronze was understandably a disappointment for Jess Fox after getting so close to gold, she rebounded and won the first women’s canoe slalom gold on Thursday in dominating fashion, beating her nearest competitor from Great Britain by more than three seconds.

“Relief, pure joy, it’s all the emotions today,” Fox said. “It was such a massive 48 hours after the kayak event. Even though I’ve been competing in both events for many years, it’s very different at the Olympic Games. There’s a lot of emotion involved, and it was … taxing mentally, emotionally and physically. I’m thrilled to come back from that … and win.”

Years from now, when Fox recounts her Tokyo Olympics experience, she will have two main storylines to talk about, including her first-ever gold medal and how a condom helped her win the bronze. 

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