Olympics: German riders sleep at Lidl instead of in the Olympic Village

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German riders sleep at Lidl instead of in the Olympic Village

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl in May 2024

© IMAGO / Sven Simon

The equestrian competitions at the Olympic Games will take place in Versailles. For the German team, this is too far away from Paris – and leads to unusual accommodation.

The German equestrian team will not be staying in the Olympic Village during the Summer Games in Paris. Riders and the delegation of the German Olympic Committee for Equestrianism (DOKR) will instead sleep at the headquarters of Lidl France. “The long travel times between the Olympic Village and our competition venue prompted us to look for accommodation nearby. Versailles,” said DOKR Managing Director Dennis Peiler.

Olympic riders must be closer to Versailles

The equestrian competitions will be held in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. The German team, led by double Olympic champion Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, is therefore based in the new Lidl headquarters in Châtenay-Malabry, southeast of Versailles, as Peiler explained. The journey time for the 20 kilometers is around 40 minutes.

“Basically, we would always prefer the Olympic Village, because every Olympic participant should have the unique experience of being part of the international sports family,” said Peiler. “That was also an important reason why we chose the Olympic Village as our accommodation in London and Rio. Another reason was that the travel times between the accommodation and the competition venue were manageable.” But that was completely different in Paris. “The long travel times prompted us to choose accommodation near Versailles,” explained the head of the German delegation.

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