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SOCHI SCENE: Playing coy

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 16, 2014 at 4:02 am •  Published: February 16, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — This year's Winter Olympics could go down as the Tinder Games. But — surprise, surprise — athletes are coy about the smartphone app known to help mutually attracted singles meet.

Some say they've heard of the app but aren't using it. Others say they're on it, but only as a joke or out of curiosity. And some say its popularity is inevitable in the sexually charged atmosphere of athletes' villages.

A quick browse of the app in Sochi turns up more than two dozen profiles that appear connected to athletes, though only a few talk openly about it and there's no way to be certain it's them.

Australian freestyle skier Sami Kennedy-Sim says she used the app out of curiosity. "I haven't been on it for a few days now — I believe that the boys seem to enjoy it," said Kennedy-Sim, married to former Olympic cross-country skier Ben Sim.

"A few of the Australian athletes have been using it as a means of communication" to avoid Facebook, Kennedy-Sim says.

Australian snowboarder Jarryd Hughes says the app was part of his Valentine's Day plans. "I'm going to have to keep it a secret," he says.

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