Posted on August 7, 2012 at 6:26 AM
LONDON -- About 25 yards from where I’m working we can see the athlete village where Olympians exercise, relax and socialize.
Charlotte Olympians told NewsChannel 36 what really goes on in the village. Call them the Village People -- 5,000 athletes from all around the world.
“About 80 percent of the athletes are in reality here for, not with medal intentions,” Olympic swim coach David Marsh said. “So they're out late, whooping and hollering at midnight and stuff like that."
Athletes all are living together, some with eight to an apartment. Beds that are just 5'8" long, that'll quickly force you into the fetal position.
Charlotte's Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte are roommates. With no air conditioning, they took matters into their own hands and bought one themselves.
In a place filled with buffed bodies the village has the reputation of being London's version of "Love in the Wild".
"I'm sure there's some flirtation going on,” Charlotte Olympian Casey Eichfeld said. “You know, you put a bunch of them together and athletes tend to be fairly attractive or just very outgoing, just people you want to spend time with and I'm sure there's plenty of socializing and flirtation going on."
Ask local athletes and they'll tell you they don't see it.
"It’s pretty lock and key over here in the village,” Gastonia Olympian Eric Hurd said.
If you look at the treasure trove of Charlotte swimmers, you could come to the conclusion, all work and no play apparently results in a bounty of medals.
"I think for the most part everybody keeps it fairly under wraps until at least after their competition,” Eichfeld said. “If that is going on."