Rebecca Torr. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
Kiwi snowboarder Rebecca Torr has caused a stir at the
Winter Olympics, after revealing she was desperate to find an
Olympian lover at the Sochi games.
When the blonde 23-year-old arrived in Russia she fired up
dating app Tinder on her phone and found a few of her fellow
athletes had found the 21st century dating tool.
The location-based dating app, that has been in use only
since September, lets users browse for prospective partners
nearby through profiles uploaded to the service.
Like speed-dating but without the face-to-face meeting, fast
small-talk and rejection, users can check out the nearby
possibilities and with a swipe on their touch screens can
accept or ditch them.
Miss Torr, who is from Te Puke but lives in Breckenridge,
Colorado, wrote on her Twitter feed: "It seems so far that
not many Olympians use Tinder. Just wanna match with the
Jamaican bobsled team."
Despite her initial disappointment, Miss Torr's chances of
meeting a match online got a boost when the Olympic Village
Daily newspaper, read by athletes at the games, ran her
"Hopefully it brings me more matches and closer to the
Jamaicans!"' she joked.
It did and by Friday her luck improved: "The Jamaicans are
here, I even talked to one."
The story was then picked up by the Mail Online, the website
of the UK's Daily Mail which receives more than 130 million
visitors a month.
Last night Miss Torr competed in a "second chance" women's
She and fellow Kiwis Christy Prior, Stefi Luxton and Shelly
Gotlieb earlier missed out on the final. Miss Torr came
seventh in her heat.
TMZ reported that the International Olympic Committee is
handing out about 100,000 condoms to the 2800 athletes at the
games, so if each took their share they would have nearly 36
What is Tinder?
*A location-based app that lets users scroll through pictures
of other users who are nearby.
*Tinder finds a user's location via GPS on the person's
smartphone then links to their Facebook profile to access
their first name, age, selected photos and some Facebook
*It then finds potential matches nearby. Searches can be
narrowed down by searching by age and distance.
*If the user likes another they can "like'' them. If not,
they can "pass'' without them knowing.
*If the person the user likes also likes them back then a
private chat thread can start between the two.