It may seem like all they do is train, train and train some more, but Olympians have to sleep at some point. When they do, they often wind up crashing at some of the nicest hotels around the world.
We have found these spots, where the regimen ends and the carbo-loading begins, where years of practice depend on one good night of sleep. Where everything must be just so. Comfort, it turns out, matters a great deal when you have to be superhuman in the morning.
Here are the hotels where Olympians have slept, celebrated and even thrown a few punches!
-- Jane Reynolds, Oyster.com
The Hotel: The Palms Casino Resort Phelps may have it all under control in the water, but as the notoriously “bad boy” Olympian (just one reason why we can’t help but love him), the swimmer has been known to let loose. After he scored his record-breaking eighth gold medal in Beijing, Phelps headed to Sin City to get, well, downright sinful. Phelps partied at the Palms Casino with friends and reportedly got pretty handsy with some of the female dancers, too. Not that we’re judging, of course. See more photos of the Palms.
The Hotel: Chateau Marmont Apolo Ohno has plenty in common with Phelps even though he’s a speedskater, not a swimmer (and that they compete in different Olympics altogether). But the Dancing with the Stars champ is also an eight-time Olympic medalist and likes to party just as much as Phelps. Ohno has been spotted at the celeb hotspot Chateau Marmont in the wee hours of the morning several times. You won’t be able to catch him competing this summer (obviously), but the athlete says he is strongly considering returning to the ice for the Winter Games in 2014. See more photos of the Chateau Marmont.
The Hotel: MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Well, even Olympians who have fallen from grace need a place to stay — and a means of making some cash. The former figure skater, notorious for supposedly hiring a hitman to injure competitor Nancy Kerrigan back in 1994, landed a gig at the MGM Grand in 2002. Harding faced Paula Jones in a celebrity pay-per-view boxing match that was filmed at the hotel. She ended up winning the match, which led to a short-lived (and not-so-successful) boxing career. See more photos of the MGM Grand.
The Hotel: Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino When you have an Olympian’s bod, you’ve got to show it off! And that’s just what swimmer Natalie Coughlin did in the 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. The eleven-time medalist appeared in the issue wearing only body paint, and celebrated the hot photos at the magazine’s party held at Caesar’s Palace back in February of 2012. See more photos of Caesars Palace.
The Hotel: Casa De Campo Nowadays he’s better known as the male head of the Kardashian clan, but Bruce was famous before Kim was even born for snagging a gold medal for the decathlon in the ’76 Olympic Games. On a recent episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the still-active Jenner vacationed at the luxe Casa De Campo in the Dominican Republic, where he played golf at the resort’s renowned course. See more photos of Casa De Campo.
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