Winter Olympic athletes to be provided with 110,000 condoms

Winter is coming and so are the Olympic athletes.

With less than a month to go before the opening of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, a record-breaking 110,000 condoms have been donated to be be made available for all athletes competing in the 2018 games — that’s 10,000 more than the amount rubbers distributed in Vancouver in 2012 and in Sochi in 2014.

With 2,925 men and women set to participate, it averages out to nearly 38 condoms per athlete over the two-week period — though the sheaths will also be available to members of the press and staff.

“Baskets with condoms will be placed at both men’s and women’s toilets at athletes’ village in Pyeongchang and Gangneung, the main press center, the medical village as well as the medical center,” organizers told the South China Morning Post.

While this year’s figure does mark the most ever to be distributed at the Winter Olympics, it does fall short of the 450,000 made available to athletes during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

RELATED: South Korea's venues for the 2018 Winter Olympics

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South Korea's venues for the 2018 Winter Olympics
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South Korea's venues for the 2018 Winter Olympics
The 2018 Winter Olympics will start in the ski resort town of Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The Alpensia Ski Resort will serve as the main venue for outdoor sports, including ski jumping, biathlon, cross-country skiing, and luge. The resort includes seven smaller venues within it.
One of these venues is the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre. Completed in 2008, it features two slopes, which are 210 feet long and 320 feet long. The drops are steep.
At the bottom, there's this sculpture of a skier.
Alpensia's Cross-Country Centre will host biathlon and cross-country skiing tournaments. Spectators will watch from inside the slender and short building pictured below.
The 44-acre Alpensia Sliding Centre has a maze of chutes for bobsleigh, skeleton (in which individual athletes ride small sleds), and luge events. It was completed in late 2017.
The center's construction cost approximately $114.5 million.
For slalom events, athletes will go to the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. The main building is derived from traditional Hanok design.
Dubbed the Dragon Zone, the Alpine's summit is 4,783 feet above sea level and 2,530 feet above ground level.
Athletes will live in the Olympic Village, which consists of eight 15-story buildings in Pyeongchang.
The village has a dining facility, laundry facility, general store, bank, post office, and recreational center. Athletes will sleep in beds outfitted with bright comforters in simple rooms.
Freestyle skiing and snowboard competitions will happen at the Bokwang Snow Park in the township of Bongpyeong-myeon.
The Olympians will launch from the top of this slope.
One of the newest and largest venues is the Hockey Centre, completed in 2017 in the coastal city of Gangneung.
The octagon-shaped stadium fits 10,000 people.
The Gangneung Curling Centre was renovated in 2015 and 2016 for this year's winter games. The stadium now features blue accents on its facade.
The complex centers around four ice curling sheets, each with a bullseye.
The Gangneung Ice Arena, which has a rounder facade, will host short-track speed skating and figure skating.
At night, its exterior lights up.
Dark cerulean seats fill the arena.
Gangneung's silver Oval complex is shaped like an ... you guessed it.
Inside, there are blue accents on the ice, which is surrounded by orange seats.
Similarly, the Kwandong Hockey Centre features a sleek, silver exterior.
The hockey arena's interior looks similar to the other stadiums, but it features teal seats.
The opening and closing ceremonies will happen at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. The red and orange seats are likely a nod toward the Olympic torch.
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“We don’t expect athletes to use them all,” spokesman Chun Geun-sik said, adding he suspects many will be taken home still in the package as a souvenir.

Rubber manufacturers Convenience Co. donated a bulk of the protective sheaths, in part to spread HIV awareness and to prevent the spread of the virus.

The massive donation’s cost totaled about $93,370, Business Insider reported.

Condoms were first publicly distributed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul South Korea, again in effort to prevent the spread of HIV, CNN reported. The number of rubbers made available in the years since have more than quadrupled.

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