Vancouver 2010: Olympic Village Faces Condom Shortage
The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics are not yet over, but the Olympic Village is running out of condoms. As with the Great Canadian Red Mitten Shortage, Vancouver has had to import condoms from other parts of Canada, courtesy of CANFAR (Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research).
So, is the Olympic condom shortage due to an unexpected uptick in Olympic sex? Wouldn't surprise me- have you seen this group of athletes? Or maybe the athletes are just grabbing condoms by the handful as offbeat souvenirs.
This crosses over into the territory of the red mitten shortage: The Bay didn't predict how popular those red Canada mittens would be with the locals, and so stock sent from Canada's other Bay locations to meet the unending demand for the too-cute red mittens. To no avail, though, as everyone wanted red mittens.
Now adult sizes are sold out... just like Vancouver 2010 condoms.
The demand for condoms at the Vancouver Games is in stark contrast to Beijing. Last fall, a collector auctioned 5,000 condoms that were left over from the 2008 Summer Games. The special edition sheaths were wrapped in souvenir packages that included the Olympic motto in both English and Chinese.
Quatchi, arguably the most popular of the Vancouver 2010 mascots, was unavailable for comment.