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Osprey Quay Olympic village topping out ceremony

  • 13 September 2011
  • From the section Dorset
Gold medal Olympian Jonathan Edwards unveiling a plaque at the 2012 Olympic village in Dorset
Image caption Jonathan Edwards unveiled the plaque and went on a tour of the Olympic village

A topping out ceremony for a 2012 Olympic village in Dorset has been held.

Osprey Quay in Portland will be home to around 400 athletes and team officials taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games sailing events.

Gold medal Olympian Jonathan Edwards unveiled a plaque at the development that will also feature 77 houses.

The ceremony marked the completion of all the major structural work on the site.

Olympics organisers said the athletes' village would be available for social housing after the games.

Mr Edwards said: "There's often a lot of focus on the venues where the athletes will compete but actually they spend the majority of their time in the Olympic village.

"How good a night's sleep they have, the quality of food they get, the ability to be able to relax, to watch television, to hang out with their pals, to somehow try to deflect from the pressure they're under - that will make a difference to how well they do when they get out on the water."

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