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Olympic village opens featuring tight quarters for athletes

July 12, 2012: An Olympic volunteer shows with her hands an approximation of how much further the length of a standard bed could be extended in length for taller athletes in a display bedroom, that was larger that the real room athletes will have, during a media opportunity at the Olympic and Paralympic athlete's village in London.

July 12, 2012: An Olympic volunteer shows with her hands an approximation of how much further the length of a standard bed could be extended in length for taller athletes in a display bedroom, that was larger that the real room athletes will have, during a media opportunity at the Olympic and Paralympic athlete's village in London.  (AP2012)

The Olympic village has opened for athletes. And if Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps decide to stay there, forgive them if they feel a little cramped.

Each sparsely decorated room has two single beds next to bedside tables and small lamps. But the beds are only 5, feet, 8 inches long, meaning many athletes might need extensions to get a good night's sleep.

Bolt is 6-5 and Phelps is 6-4.

With two weeks until the Olympics open July 27, London Mayor Boris Johnson made a final inspection tour of the area Thursday. About 17,000 athletes and officials are expected to live at the village, which is inside the Olympic Park and close to main stadium and swimming venue.

Besides apartments, the village also has restaurants, leisure areas and gyms.