Out of the Box with Tim Gregory—13 February 2018

With the 2018 Winter Olympics in full swing, there has already been a world record set during the games. However it wasn’t set on either the snow or the ice, but rather the games village dorm rooms.
The South Koreans have smashed the previous record of distributing the highest amount of condoms to athletes in Olympics history. A grand total of 110,000 jimmy hats have been dished out between 2925 frisky athletes. That means, for those playing at home (or indeed the bedroom) that there are 37 free Joey’s per person.
The other thing I find amusing is that the games are being held in a place called PyeongChang —ironically the host city’s name is the same as the noise that is made when a condom is being removed. So why so many dingers this time around? Perhaps the organisers are Gen Y and don’t want a repeat of the post-war baby boom that is responsible for them never being able to purchase a house. Either that, or they feel that at a numbing minus five degrees, there may be a higher probability that people will engage in a bit of twenty toes action with some foreign company to stay warm.
On the sporting front, breaking records will ultimately prove to be a lot more elusive. This is because the host nation’s friendly neighbour of the north, supreme leader Kim Jong-un happens to hold every record there is. And if you don’t believe me, just ask any North Korean you might happen to bump into.
It really is a great part of the world to hold such a prestigious global event that Kiwis haven’t cared about Annelise Coberger won silver in the slalom in 1992. However I maintain that they did miss a trick by not ending the opening ceremony with an exploding Samsung phone to light the Olympic cauldron.
So will the Kiwis be successful at this year’s winter games? I reckon they will. They may even perform well in their sport too.

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