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Australian Swimmers Turn To ’50 Shades of Grey’ For Relaxation

What do Olympians do to help take the edge off and cut the stress during the games? The Australian women’s swim team has been reading E.L. James‘ popular erotica novel 50 Shades of Grey, as a way to help them turn off and relax at night.

The International Business Times has more: “200m individual medley silver medalist Alicia Coutts said that she became hooked on the book after picking it at a service station when she and the 20 other members of the team traveled from their training camp in Manchester to the Athletes Village in East London.” Coutts told The Herald Sun: “Most of the swimming girls are reading Fifty Shades of Grey. We’re all talking about it.”

Before the Olympics began, Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice tweeted a photo of herself reading the book (embedded above), writing “Have heard a mixed review on the book. What’s ur opinion?? I’m just starting it #fiftyshades.” What other books would you recommend to Olympians?

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