Online speed dating: the next Olympic sport?

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SAN MATEO, USA: Do you have the looks, the charm, and all the right moves, but are not competition-ready when it comes to speed, strength, and endurance? If so, has the Olympic event for you.


Starting Tuesday, August 12th,, the world's first online speed dating service, is hosting an Olympic-themed online speed dating competition to determine the world's best online daters. The event will run through Sunday, August 24 at which time will award gold, silver, and bronze medals to the men and women who match with the most other singles.

" has millions of eligible and attractive singles who've got the potential to be the world's best online dater," said Dan Abelon, co-founder of "Sign-up today to see if you have what is takes to compete. Even if you don't take home the gold, you just may find someone you want to start dating."

To get daters in the Olympic mood, will add Olympic-themed questions to its popular ice-breaker feature, such as: If you could go on a date with any athlete, who would it be? Which sport has the sexiest athletes? Which two athletes would make the best couple? Which Olympic event would you most like to compete in?

Early favorite in the women's competition is 26-year-old San Jose State University student Francesca Salcido who made news around the world when she had more than 300 dates in 24 hours on in February. Does she have what it takes to be named top online dater? Only time will tell.

SpeedDate, the world's first online speed dating site, was launched in October of 2007. SpeedDate's patented system allows singles to meet each other through 3-minute online speed dates using webcams, audio, and instant messaging. SpeedDate is available as a popular application on Facebook, MySpace, Meebo, or by visiting