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A medal winning performance: Gijs Van Hoecke is helped into the taxi after a night out on the town
He may not have won a medal for his country inside the velodrome but Belgian cyclist Gijs Van Hoecke certainly takes gold for his partying efforts!
The cyclist looked worse for wear as he left Mahiki after a night out with teammates.
They had to carry the the 20-year-old from the club and put him in a waiting taxi.
Van Hoecke was celebrating the end of the cycling events at the Olympics - meaning his team could finally relax and party.
I'm wheelie tired: Van Hoecke is carried out of the club by teammates
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Phelps, Addlington, Louis Smith all out at OMEGA House
At the nearby OMEGA House other athletes were out partying including Team GB's Rebecca Adlington, Louis Smith and Greg Rutherford.
They were joined by South Africa's Chad le Clos and USA's Michael Phelps at the 'Spotlight On Swimming' event.
On Sunday night a who's who of athletes partied the night away at trendy London club Chinawhite, after giving their all at London 2012.
They included US swimmer Ryan Lochte and Team GB rowers Richard Chambers and Mark Hunter.
Phw-oar! Rower Sophie Hosking with a pal
Also at the “end of swimming” party were British gold-winning cyclist Dani King, champion rower Sophie Hosking, South African swimmer Jean Basson and Lebanese swimmer Katya Bachrouche.
Other swimmers gambled and danced into the early hours at a casino in the Westfield shopping complex next to the Olympic Park.
Athletes’ village insiders said staff are preparing for the “party to end all parties” on Sunday night after the closing ceremony and bosses at bars inside Westfield have been told to create special VIP areas for partying Olympians.
Kelly Sotherton, who won a bronze heptathlon medal in Athens in 2004, said London will turn into “party central”.
Bottom's up: Dani King's partner moons at the snappers
She said yesterday: “Athletes are the worst for drinking.
“Some people have been working for eight years towards this and may not have had a drink this year.
"So once their event is over and they have a drink, they will be hammered. I think there will be a few ill people.
“I reckon that London is going to be party central for athletes when they have finished their events.
"Love stories will come from the Olympics as well and athletes meet and get married.”
Sprinter Roger Black said: “When it’s all done, well, they’ve a lot of pent-up something or other,” he said. “You’re finally ready to party.”
Popular: Swimmer Ryan Lochte and friends in a taxi
Former Olympics swimmer Sharron Davies said: “Any partying is done away from the Village out of respect for athletes who are still competing.
“To be honest you spend all your time training and eating healthily – and it only takes a glass of wine and you are hammered.”
The focal point in the London Olympic Village is the dining hall where for three weeks 24 hours a day athletes can eat as much as you want.
It is here the athletes “hook up” with each other. Organisers catered for every need, even ordering 150,000 condoms – one per athlete per day.
Sources said there has been plenty of “late night activity” inside the sprawling complex.
In Beijing in 2008 10,000 condoms were provided for the athletes – each one emblazoned with the motto: “Faster, Higher, Stronger.”
Support: Katya Bachroche with friend
British Olympic silver medallist Kriss Akabusi recalled the unique atmosphere of the village at the Barcelona Games in 1992.
He said: “It’s go, go, go. All the athletes meet in the dining room and it is open around the clock.
“The Americans come in and the volume goes up, or a swathe of northern European female athletes come in and everyone’s head turns.
“In my day it was Heike Drechsler, if that was your taste, and there were necks were craning to have a look.
“I know there was shenanigans because a load of my mates married other athletes but I wasn’t involved.
“That said I am sure if you want to be a playboy you can, human beings are creative individuals.
"The Olympic competitor pass attracts all kinds of interest from people who want to get to know you in all sorts of ways.”
He said Australian and American competitors were often the targets of schoolboy “pranks”.
He added: “There was one massive food fight started by the swimmers in Moscow which started with a bread roll and ended with sauce bottles and plates of food.
“You are all young kids in your 20s and in your physical prime and if you are male you play pranks.”
Dr Joao Olyntho Machado Neto, of Brazil’s London 2012 delegation, said: “Sex is common at the Olympics. It’s necessary. It’s natural.
"If you are going to be healthy people, why not make sex? Brazil is very tolerant.”
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