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Inside the Olympic Village apartments

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Jonathan Edwards inside a finished apartment

Pictures inside the basic accommodation where superstars like David Beckham and Usain Bolt could stay during the Olympics have been released for the first time.

The Olympic apartments all come with flat-pack furniture and single beds, but staying in the Olympic Village is often seen as an essential experience for even the most celebrated athletes.

At the last Games in Beijing Rafael Nadal and Lionel Messi were among those who stayed in the provided accommodation, which is always much closer to student digs than a lavish hotel.

2,818 apartments on the north-east boundary of the Olympic Park in Stratford have been built for the London Games and they contain extendable beds for some of the very tall athletes; black-out curtains that go right to the floor; pegs to hang kit and sports accessories; and under-bed storage for sports gear and suitcases.

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Living room inside the apartments

Jonathan Edwards, who won triple-jump gold in 2000, advised on the internal fit-out of the apartments.

"A track is a track and a swimming pool is a swimming pool but this is where the athletes will spend most of their time. It has the greatest possibility to impact their experience of the Games," he said.

"Perhaps the most memorable athletes committee (meeting) was when we brought in eight different mattresses and we tested them all one by one and then ranked them so that we could get the right mattresses.

"Another simple but basic thing for the athletes is that we have looked at the design of the beds so the athletes can put their suitcases underneath.

"Just little things like that are things that matter to athletes. We are not looking for a five-star resort experience. We are actually looking for the basics to be taken care of to make sure they can do their very best."

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Bathroom inside the Olympic apartments

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Living room

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Bedroom

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