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Frequently, an Olympic Village is built within an Olympic Park or elsewhere in a host city. Olympic Villages are built to house all participating athletes, as well as officials, athletic trainers, and other staff. The idea of the Olympic Village comes from Pierre de Coubertin. Up until the 1924 Summer Olympic Games, National Olympic Committees rented locations around the host city to house participants, which was expensive. For the 1924 Summer Olympics, the organizers built cabins near the Stade Olympique de Colombesmarker to allow the athletes to easily access the Games' venues. The Olympic Village of the 1932 Summer Olympics served as the model of today's Olympic Villages; it consisted of a group of buildings with rooms to lodge athletes, and buildings with other commodities.

List of Olympic Villages

  • The Zappeionmarker was used during the Athens 1896 as the main Fencing Hall. A decade later, at the Athens 1906, it was used as the Olympic Village.
  • Los Angeles 1932: The first Olympic Village is constructed in the Baldwin Hillsmarker neighborhood of Los Angeles, Californiamarker. For male athletes only, the Village consisted of several hundred buildings, including post and telegraph offices, an amphitheater, a hospital, a fire department, and a bank. Female athletes were housed at the Chapman Park Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard. The village was dismantled after the games.


  1. 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Athlete's Village in the Baldwin Hills, Accessed November 12, 2007.

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