To join, prospective members need only have spectacular talent and -- we long assumed -- a chaste devotion to the most intense competition of their lives.But the image of a celibate Games began to flicker in '92 when it was reported that the Games' organizers had ordered in prophylactics like pizza.
"When I walked in for the first time in Atlanta," says women's soccer player Brandi Chastain, "there were loud cheers.
Then, at the 2000 Sydney Games, 70,000 condoms wasn't enough, prompting a second order of 20,000 and a new standing order of 100,000 condoms per Olympics.
Many Olympians, past and present, abide by what Summer Sanders, a swimmer who won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze in Barcelona, calls the second Olympic motto: "What happens in the village stays in the village." Yet if you ask enough active and retired athletes often enough to spill their secrets, the village gates will fly open.
"Hey, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do." GET SET ...
The games begin as soon as teams move in a week or so before opening ceremonies.