In an age dominated by social networking sites, it’s not surprising that one of the most common requests from Olympic athletes was an Internet connection.

And they got it, say the developers of the athletes’ village in Whistler, who held a media tour on Thursday.

The Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler includes duplexes, apartments and townhomes sprawled across 40 hectares in the Cheakamus Valley, about six kilometres south of Whistler.

During the Games, the tall, angular buildings with big windows will house about 2,850 Olympic and 1,000 Paralympic athletes, officials and coaches.

“This incredible village will be home to the greatest athletes in the world,” said acting mayor Chris Quinlan. “We may very well house the fastest bobsleigh, luge, skeleton or downhill skier here.”

Athletes’ rooms are 12 square metres, and two athletes will stay in each room. There are currently no kitchens or major appliances in any of the residences — presently in “Olympic mode” — as athletes will dine together in a communal dining hall.

In addition to Internet access, Nejat Sarp, VANOC vice-president of services and villages, said comfort, privacy and a place to socialize were the most common requests from athletes.

“In very simple terms, we’re trying to create homes away from home for them,” he said.

Construction of the site is about 95 per cent complete and the official handover to VANOC is expected to take place in early November.

Latest From ...