The 2018 Winter Olympics have been a boon to Tinder in South Korea. According to Reuters’ Liana B. Baker, usage of the popular dating app in PyeongChang has spiked 348 percent since the Games began, with athletes using technology to help them make use of the record 110,000 condoms that have been dispersed around the Villages.
But when it comes to swiping right, not all athletes are created equal.
It’s no surprise to see that snowboarders, per Reuters, are the most right-swiped female athletes at these Olympics. That field is chock-full of potential crushes, from Austria’s Anna Gasser to the United States’ Jamie Anderson and Lindsey Jacobellis.
Nor should anyone be taken aback by Alpine skiing coming in second for women, between Italy’s Sofia Goggia coming up golden, Team USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin breaking hearts on the slopes and Lindsey Vonn looking for a Valentine’s Day date on Twitter.
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 14, 2018
Next on the list? Bobsledders, followed by lugers and freestyle skiers. The bobsled wouldn’t seem the sport most conducive to affirmative swipeage, what with all the helmets and obscuring equipment involved.
That is, until you consider the teamwork required to get the sled sliding down the track.
It’s no wonder, then, that sledders top the Tinder charts among male Olympians in PyeongChang. The strength and physicality behind the tied gold-medal runs of Canada’s Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz and Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis is enough to sway thumbs in their favor.
According to Tinder, ice hockey players, snowboarders, Alpine skiers and skeleton racers also do well app-wise among men. The overlaps in snowboarding, skiing and bobsledding across the sexes suggest that there may be some heavy, uhhh, note sharing going on in those sports.
That figure skaters and ice dancers don’t show up on either side, in light of how attractive those competitors tend to be, may come as a shock to some. But the combination of some skaters coupling up and others being too young to date as adults helps to explain those absences.
Ultimately, Tinder’s popularity in any venue, the Olympics included, is predicated less on looks and more on the concentration of people who are both single and ready to mingle. So if you’re in PyeongChang and looking for love, you’d be best off dividing your time between the slopes, halfpipe and sliding centre, lest you be left wandering through the snow without a beau.
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