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Olympians are setting a high bar on Tinder

Matches in the Olympic Village have increased by over 100 percent, according to the dating service.


Dating app Tinder says the Olympic Games are giving its business a big boost in Brazil.

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Athletes at the Rio Olympics have taken swipes at competitors from other countries. That's not the only swiping going on.

The 11,000-plus athletes participating in the 2016 Olympic Games are giving Tinder's Brazil business a big boost, according to statistics provided by the dating app.

Matches in the Olympic Village, where the athletes stay during the quadrennial event, rose by 129 percent over the weekend, spokeswoman Rosette Pambakian, said in an email, adding there was more record-setting hanky-panky to come.

"The Olympic Games have started and Tinder use has skyrocketed in Rio de Janeiro," Pambakian wrote. "We expect this trend to continue throughout the games."

Daily active users of the popular dating app rose 64 percent, while swipes jumped 69 percent.

Of course, you don't have to be terribly imaginative to see the hearts of young, fit people racing when they arrive in a romantic beach city.

The organisers of the Rio Games procured 450,000 condoms for the athletes. That apparently wins a gold medal for Olympic protection, tripling the 150,000 prophylactics distributed at the 2012 London Games.

The truckload of condoms is also in part a public health measure following warnings that the Zika virus can be sexually transmitted. The virus is prevalent in South America.

Updated, 7:29 a.m. PT: Adds more background material on the games.

Updated, 9:01 a.m. PT: Adds comment from Tinder, more data.