The only thing missing is privacy -- nearly everyone is stuck with a roommate.
So while Lakatos claimed a first-floor suite for himself, the remaining rooms were there for the taking.
"That's where most of my socialization took place -- in a tub, up to my chest in ice water," says silver medalist Alicia Sacramone, then 20, who served as den mother to her teammates.
"The younger girls would try to flirt with stuff like, 'Look at that butt on him!
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.
Greer says his Olympian partners were, like him, looking to "complete the Olympics training puzzle." When his event did come around, Greer nailed Athens' longest toss in prelims before a knee injury sidelined him.
"Unlike at a bar, it's not awkward to strike up a conversation because you have something in common," Solo says. ' All of a sudden, you're fist-bumping." BMXer Jill Kintner, who won bronze in Beijing, says the Italians are particularly inviting: "They leave their doors open, so you look in and see dudes in thongs running circles around each other."On the way to practice fields, "the girls are in skimpy panties and bras, the dudes in underwear, so you see what everybody is working with from the jump," says Breaux Greer, an American javelin thrower.
"Even if their face is a 7, their body is a 20." In Beijing, even the adolescent female gymnasts got sassy with the water polo and judo boys who shared their training room.
After a while, it dawned on Lakatos: "I'm running a friggin' brothel in the Olympic Village!
I've never witnessed so much debauchery in my entire life."TAKE YOUR MARK Home to more than 10,000 athletes at the Summer Games and 2,700 at the Winter, the Olympic Village is one of the world's most exclusive clubs.