July 24, 2012, 7:26 PM
Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is an Olympic medalist and knows what athletes go through during the Games.
In a recent interview the 25-year-old mixed martial arts star spoke candidly and gave some advice to the athletes currently in London, England preparing for the Games of the XXX Olympiad.
“There’s a lot of beautiful people from a lot of countries in the best shape of their life, an entire world all coming together in one village. My only advice: condoms.”
Before she began training in mixed martial arts Rousey was one of the best judokas in the world and won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China. Based on her experience around other Olympians, Rousey knows that athletes, especially when their events are over, can get quite rowdy (which ironically is Rousey’s nickname).
“Some people just go nuts and they go too crazy. If you doubt me I would like you to watch the opening ceremony videos and the closing ceremony videos and see the contrast between the two is a little bit funny.”
She added that although things can be wild at times in the Olympic Village, there are many opportunities for athletes to get to know their peers in a more low-key, non-party setting.
“My favourite thing about the Olympic Village is the cafeteria because everybody from every country had to go in there and no matter how famous you were you were sitting at the same table. There’s no ‘cool kids table’ everyone’s sitting together.”
Watch as Rousey gives advice to this year’s crop of Olympic athletes and find out why she really doesn’t like 14-time Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps.
The opening ceremony for the 2012 Games takes place on Friday.