During the two weeks of the Games, the athletes live in the Olympic Village. This is a residential complex, generally located close to the Olympic stadium, where the world’s athletes in all the Olympic sports live together.
The Olympic Village is safe and comfortable. During the Games, it provides for all the athletes’ needs and protects them from disturbance by the outside world. The Village includes the athletes’ accommodation, together with an international zone which includes shops, various services and leisure facilities.
Once the Games are over, the Olympic Village is usually turned into a new residential zone for the host city, with the accommodation being sold or rented to the local population.
However, the athletes have not always had their own Village. The accommodation provided for the 1932 Games in Los Angeles is regarded as the first official modern Olympic Village.