'It's normal': Diver breaks silence on infamous Olympics 'sex scandal'

A Brazilian diver who sparked a scandal at the Rio 2016 Olympics with a ‘marathon sex session’ has finally spoken out about the controversy.

Ingrid Oliveira was at the centre of an international media frenzy in Rio when her syncronised diving partner Giovanna Pedroso claimed she’d been kicked out of the room they were sharing so Oliveira could sleep with Pedro Goncalves.

Reports claimed Oliveira and Goncalves had a “marathon sex session”, which drove a rift between Oliveira and Pedroso and saw them finish dead-last in the 10m platform.

Oliveira has now spoken out about the scandal, admitting she did sleep with Goncalves but refuting a number of claims.

“I took Pedro to my room but it wasn’t the day before my dive as has been reported or the day before his competition,” the 22-year-old, currently training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, told sports website UOL Esporte.

Ingrid Oliveira and Giovanna Pedroso atRio 2016. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Ingrid Oliveira and Giovanna Pedroso atRio 2016. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

“He didn’t spend the night with me and I didn’t banish anyone from the room.

“People don’t know, but in the Olympics it’s normal.

“You should have seen the number of condoms that were distributed in the Olympic Village.

“They were everywhere including the canteen and they weren’t there for people to make balloons.

“Usain Bolt took a girl without a pass to his room and people created Tinder accounts so they could flirt. Those cases weren’t reported.”

Ingrid Oliveira and Giovanna Pedroso at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. (Photo by William Volcov/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images)
Ingrid Oliveira and Giovanna Pedroso at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. (Photo by William Volcov/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images)

Oliveira says she never kicked Pedroso out of the room and Goncalves didn’t even stay the night.

“Before the opening ceremony I talked to Giovanna who I was sharing a room with and said I was going to take him there,” she revealed.

“She let me. It wasn’t something only I did. She and a lot of others also did the same thing in several competitions.

“I never imagined the fallout it would cause.”

OIiveira concedes she made a mistake, but doesn’t think she deserved the international condemnation.

“What I did was wrong and I am aware of that. I tortured myself a lot,” she said.

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“But the treatment I received was totally unjust and the story was completely distorted.

“I was attacked around the world. On Wikipedia I was described as the girl who does pole-vault.

“Stories were written about me that never happened. It was all because I’m a woman who had sex.

“I looked at Pedro’s Instagram afterwards and there were no insults but comments like: ‘Congratulations, what a star!’

“On my Instagram, as well as a lot of insults, there were some very disgusting things written.”