Make your presence known. The Olympic Village, which houses almost 10,000 athletes during the Summer Games and 2,700 during the Winter Games, is one of the world's most elite clubs. Prospective members just need outstanding skill and, as we've long imagined, a chaste dedication to the most rigorous competition of their life to join.
The number of residents in the village depends on how many countries are participating in the Olympics. At this writing, Japan has the most participants with 563, followed by Russia with 544. There are also athletes from South Korea, China, France, Germany, and other countries.
All athletes must be citizens of the country they represent at the Olympics. They must also have the financial means to participate in the Games. An athlete can earn up to $100,000 per year through sponsorship deals and other income sources.
Some countries only allow their best athletes to compete so they can keep their stars fresh for future competitions. Others groups may be excluded if they aren't considered national teams yet still want to make an impression at the Olympics. These could include former champions who haven't competed since the last games or young players who are just breaking into the scene. In fact, there are currently 168 individuals listed as "Olympic Athletes from National Teams" on the official website.
In conclusion, the Olympic Village is the home away from home for all athletes during the Games.
21st-century Sports The Summer Olympics grew from 241 contestants representing 14 nations in 1896 to over 11,200 competitors representing 207 nations in 2016. The Winter Olympics are lower in scope and size; for example, Pyeongchang welcomed 2,922 athletes from 92 countries in 2018. Both the Summer and Winter Olympics are held every four years.
The largest number of participants ever at the Summer Olympics was the 32,509 who attended the 1936 Berlin Games. The highest number of national teams at a single Summer Olympics was also in Berlin, with 211 competing nations. The smallest number of national teams to compete at a Summer Olympics was 18 years earlier in Amsterdam, where 160 countries took part.
At the Winter Olympics, the largest number of competitors came from 16 countries at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. There have been fewer than 20 countries at each winter games since then, except for 2002 Nagano when 23 nations took part.
Both the Summer and Winter Olympics are open to all countries that can meet certain criteria. These include having an independent government and being able to enter agreements with other countries to send delegates. Countries must also have adequate facilities to host events of this nature.
Some countries may be prevented from entering certain types of sports because of political issues or limitations placed on them by their governments.
Despite its growth, the village remains mostly off-limits to the rest of the world, making it a perennial source of intrigue for Olympic spectators every two years. What happens when you gather a few thousand of the world's greatest competitors in the same place? To learn out, people chatted with various gold medalists. Here's what they said.
Women's Gymnastics - Shawn Johnson
Shawn Johnson won two gold medals at the 2008 Games in Beijing with her partner Laurie Aho. The pair was also one of the most popular couples at the event, so it wasn't surprising that they both got questions about their relationship from reporters.
When asked if she had a boyfriend or girlfriend, Johnson laughed and replied: "No, I'm married to gymnastics."
However, there were rumors that Johnson was involved in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former teammate. This case was eventually settled out of court and the terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Johnson didn't talk much about the lawsuit, but she did say that working with Laurie on stage makes their partnership so much fun that she doesn't need a romantic relationship outside of their dancing career.
Laurie Aho also has a successful dance career apart from gymnastics, so it's clear that these two are pretty focused on their work.