POSTED: September 28th 2016

Olympians greet new residents as the proposed UCLA Olympic Village is open to students

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) An early "dress rehearsal" of the Olympic and Paralympic Village opening was celebrated by Los Angeles (LA) 2024 with the release of a video that featured 12,8000 new students moving into University of California, Los Angeles' (UCLA) modern residential facilities.

The facilities are the proposed accommodations for LA 2024. The video showcased UCLA's Olympic gold medalist, Dawn Harper-Nelson and Kyla Ross helping students move into their new homes for the school year, along with highlighting the campuses dining, environment, and athletic facilities.

"On behalf of LA 2024, we want to congratulate UCLA and its residential staff for their flawless operation to move-in thousands of residents over a few days, just as we would do for the 2024 Games. We like to think of this as LA 2024's early dress rehearsal for the Olympic and Paralympic Village opening, and it is a tremendous boost to have this unique opportunity as a bid city. Every year, thousands of students eat, sleep, study and play on UCLA's gorgeous and state-of-the-art campus, and are given all the tools they need to succeed academically and athletically. We are honored to partner with UCLA to offer athletes the best and most personalized Games experience in history, should we be awarded the honor of hosting the 2024 Games," expressed LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman.

The proposed Village is located at the heart of UCLA's beautiful 419-acre campus. It houses modern and accessible housing, world-class medical facilities, expansive athletic, and professional staff and security. All facilities are within walking distance of all the housing areas.

Students were able to move into their new suites easily and trouble free, which demonstrated the operational advantage of using UCLA's facilities. LA 2024 will also incorporate an on-site Main Athlete Training Center that offers convenient access to a variety of elite recovery, medical, wellness, nutrition, and training facilities. This will supplement the already existing facilities that UCLA offers. Athletes will have the chance to train at specialized facilities co-located at their particular competition venue or the Village.

In addition, UCLA refurbishes their housing facilities every seven years, which means that the housing will receive new renovations by the time the 2024 Games begin. Athletes will move into suites that look like new.

UCLA Chancellor, Gene Block stated, "We are excited that UCLA is an integral part of the LA 2024 Olympic and Paralympic bid. Our top-flight residential, dining and athletic facilities are perfectly suited to host the world's athletes as they prepare for competition, rest between events and enjoy the company of their peers from other nations."

The use of existing and temporary facilities allows LA 2024 to focus more on the athletes' experience. The Bid Committee aims to shape a creative and innovation Games that will inspire the next generation of athletes and fans.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog 

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