2020 Tokyo Olympics: Australian Olympian Fixed Kayak with Condom, Threw Up, Won Gold

by Joe Rutland

Athletes will go to any lengths to win a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but an Australian kayaker really proved that old adage true.

Jess Fox happened to use a condom to fix her kayak’s damaged nose, according to a story from the New York Post. This happened before Fox won a gold medal in the women’s C1 canoe slalom. She also captured a bronze medal in the women’s K1 canoe slalom.

Fox also threw up, too, but we’ll get there in a minute.

Before going further, we know you might be asking about condoms at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Athletes who arrive at the Olympic Village receive a number of them. It is part of the International Olympic Committee’s tradition toward promoting a safe, healthy environment for Olympians.

2020 Tokyo Olympics Kayaker Found Herself Dealing With Upset Stomach, Too

There reportedly were 160,000 condoms handed out at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Now Fox happened to capture her repair work on a TikTok video.

“Bet you never knew condoms could be used for kayak repairs,” Fox captioned her video. It shows a condom securing a carbon mixture to Fox’s kayak front. She also said that a condom’s stretchy latex gives the carbon a “smooth finish.”

Yet Fox also found herself dealing with an upset stomach. Before her gold-medal run at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Fox went behind some tents to vomit. The tents were located at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre.

Australian Athlete Had Her Mother Along As Coach For Olympics

Fox got through doing her business and then met up with her coach and mother, Myriam. She happens to be a former canoeist who also had appeared in an earlier Olympic competition.

“I told her that I’d thrown up,” Fox said. “I was like, ‘I feel really good, but I just threw up, so I’ll be all right.’ And then we fist-bumped. Whatever I’d had between the runs didn’t sit well and then I just thought, ‘OK, my body’s ready, that’s just my body telling me to get ready for something big.’

“So it’s always about reframing those things and putting it into a positive,” Fox said.

Speaking of Olympic medals, as of Thursday, U.S. athletes have won 37 medals — 13 gold, 14 silver, and 10 bronze. The winners also earn some cash, too. Team USA pays its medalists $37,500 for gold, $22,500 for silver, and $15,000 for bronze, MSNBC reported. That’s up 50 percent since the 2016 Games in Rio, USA Today said. Each country decides how much — if anything — to give their athletes.

Singapore, a country that hasn’t medaled yet at the Tokyo Olympics, pays the most. The country pays $737,000 for gold medals, $369,000 for silver, and $184,000 for bronze.