Olympic village opens in London

BY foxsports • July 12, 2012

The Olympic village has opened for athletes. And if Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps decide to stay there, forgive them if they feel a little cramped.

Each sparsely decorated room has two single beds next to bedside tables and small lamps. But the beds are only 5, feet, 8 inches long, meaning many athletes might need extensions to get a good night's sleep.

Bolt is 6-5 and Phelps is 6-4.

With two weeks until the Olympics open July 27, London Mayor Boris Johnson made a final inspection tour of the area Thursday. About 17,000 athletes and officials are expected to live at the village, which is inside the Olympic Park and close to main stadium and swimming venue.

''We are close to the finishing line in our preparations,'' Johnson said.

Besides apartments, the village also has restaurants, leisure areas and gyms. After the Olympics, the apartments will be transformed into 2,818 new homes.

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