While only a handful of athletes have actually come out of the closet, the indications that there are a lot of gay athletes just got techier and weirder. Grindr, the gay male hook up app, crashed on Monday after the arrival of the Olympic teams in London. The entire service was knocked offline for East London, where the Olympians are staying.
One Londoner told People UK that “It happened almost as soon as the teams got here. Either loads of athletes were logging on to meet fellow Olympians or were looking to bag a local. The Grindr system obviously couldn’t cope. It took 24 hours for the app to get back up and running, much to the relief of all concerned.”
The site, which launched in 2009, claims to have 4 million customers around the world, and London alone counts for 350,000 of those. Founder Joel Simkhai, in Los Angeles, issued a statement saying “I want to personally -apologize to users. I know it was -frustrating. I was -frustrated myself. I also rely on Grindr in my day-to-day personal life. It made me feel disconnected. Our tech team worked around the clock to solve the problems and to whip Grindr back into shape.”
Olympians from around the world are gathering for the Olympics, which start next week.
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