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5 Homes with Connections to the Olympics

The Winter Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are here, inspiring a look at gold-medal sports amenities and homes with Olympian pedigrees

The distinctive drum thump—BUM-BUM-ba-ba-ba-BUM-BUM—pervasive throughout the Olympic telecasts, will soon be echoing in homes across the globe. The riff conjures the glory of athletics and connects us to our own inner Olympian. These homes top our winners’ podiums to claim the gold.

Chateau du Pine
Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver hosted the Olympics in 2010 and the beginnings were less than auspicious—lack of snow being just one. But the country rallied and by the closing ceremonies, these games were touted as perhaps the best ever, due to civic pride and the Canadian hockey team—which defeated the U.S in a rousing overtime win in the championship game. Some 200,000 people descended onto the streets of downtown Vancouver in the moments following Sydney Crosby’s golden goal. Now that is Olympic spirit.

And speaking of excellence, this newly constructed six-bedroom home of some 12,600 feet, is located in Vancouver’s sought-after Shaughnessy neighborhood and is appointed with the full complement of thoughtful amenities, including a home theatre featuring a GrandView curved projection screen—perfect for watching the Olympics telecasts. 

Ski-In and Ski-Out
Park City, Utah

Lindsey Vonn is skiing’s “It” girl in Pyeongchang. This just may be the long-awaited crowning year for the most decorated World Cup skier in U.S. history who has fallen short of Olympic gold, winning just once in Vancouver. She raced in Deer Valley during the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, her Olympic debut at age 17, finishing sixth. Vonn has since come to embody grit and perseverance—qualities of a true Olympian.

This home on the aptly named Perseverance Court affords enviable access to some of the world’s best downhill skiing and is replete with entertaining space for your sporting entourage. It is located on a quiet cul-de-sac, with a two-car heated garage and only a few minutes drive from historic Main Street.

Paradise on Ice
Dedham, Massachusetts

Boston is some kind of hockey town and this estate, located on Boston’s southwest corner, is testament to that. The secluded 22-acre retreat is appointed with a covered ice rink and a skate house with locker room, bathroom, garage and living room. The home also includes an exercise room, with a steam and sauna. This exquisite and private sheet of ice would also entice other skating disciplines and their Olympic dreams.

When not lacing up the skates, this classic shingle-style mansion welcomes with a dramatic three-story spiral staircase. A library, gallery, chef’s kitchen and five en suite bedrooms complete the seven-bedroom estate. Some 39 additional acres of wooded terrain are also available for purchase.

Olympic Inspiration
Rome, Italy

Step out onto your pool patio and drink in the view of the Olympic Stadium in the panoramic foreground. If that isn’t enough to motivate your athletic muse, what is? Rome hosted the summer games in 2004 (swimmer Michael Phelps won eight gold medals) and in 1960 (Wilma Rudolph, after battling childhood polio, won three gold in track and field) while Mohammad Ali won the gold, proclaiming himself “The Greatest” (which he most certainly was). Auspicious Olympian mentors, wouldn’t you say, for both summer and winter athletes?

This villa stands in the shadow of Olympic glory, replete with a theatre and screening room, a service apartment, generous public areas on the main floor, and two suites on the second floor with splendid views of Rome framed like a piece of art.

Cloverleaf Ranch
Tiskilwa, Illinois

Biathlon is quite the marvel when it comes to sports. Cross-country skiers grind, pushing their aerobic limits, and then stop to shoot at a target, next willing their heart rates to slow dramatically so they can get off a true shot.

This estate outside of Chicago features a certified Olympic clay & trap range, perfect for the beginner or seasoned pro. Set on over 1,000 pristine acres, the property has the makings of a stellar biathlon venue. The six-bedroom and four-bathroom main residence includes an upgraded chef’s kitchen, game room, wet bar, and relaxing spa room.