Sport: All the Comforts of Home

The Olympic Village sprouts incongruously from a sparsely populated, 270-acre tract in southwest Moscow. Eighteen apartment slabs, each 16 stories high and sheathed in multicolored squares, will be clustered around three small parks. TIME'S Peter Ainslie toured the construction site last week and came away impressed: "Without a doubt, it's the most elaborate facility ever built to house, feed and entertain Olympic athletes."

Some 12,000 competitors and coaches will live two to a room in 3,540 two-and three-bedroom suites. The apartment interiors are strikingly modern in design, and sport natural-wood surfaces, tasteful wallpaper and extra-long beds. Each suite has its own kitchen,...

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