Tinder, Like Almost Everything Else, Is Easier for Olympic Athletes

Despite remaining curiously unrecognized as an official sport, Tinder appears to be enjoying a strong presence at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.


Vocativ found an Instagram user who is doing the very important work of compiling screenshots of Rio athletes’ Tinder and Bumble profiles, including (so far) U.S. golfer Rickie Fowler, British track cyclist Owain Doull, Swedish swimmer Michelle Coleman, and your Tinder-verified man Ryan Lochte. And would you like to hear something very shocking? They all look great!


Although Lochte could have probably nixed the hat:


From Vocativ:

The user, who prefers to remain anonymous but goes by sportsswipe on their Instagram page, claims to have found about 500 Olympic athletes using the app in Rio so far. Sportsswipe told Vocativ that their interest in the world of athletic online hook ups began out of curiosity last year, during the Tour de France, where they found the accounts of prominent cyclists. Then, during the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, they decided to start uploading screenshots to Instagram, gaining a following among some athletes.


Anyway, if you believe a recent interview Ryan Lochte gave to Time, there might be more swiping than actual contact (“You’re there to compete, you’re not there to party,” he said, adding that members of the U.S. team can’t enter rooms belonging to the opposite sex)—but if you’d like to feel bad about your flatteringly-lit cat selfie, check out @sportsswipe and @rioswipe on Instagram.

Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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You’re there to compete, you’re not there to party.

No judgement, but I could drive a boat show through that loophole.