Homes Fit for Olympians Big and Small

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By Erika Riggs

Dreaming of a gold medal in your future (or, perhaps, your child's future)? Besides a competitive spirit and loads of determination, you may need a space to start practicing in. Sure, you could hit up the local gym, but if you're really going to be dedicated, how about picking up a home that fits your gold-medal ambitions perfectly.

We've rounded up a few homes across the country that are ideal for the Olympian-to-be. With swanky gyms, deep pools and volleyball courts, these homes for sale could make those grueling practices a little more pleasant.

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Homes Fit for Olympians Big and Small

Location: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Price: $21 million
Beds/baths: 9/16
Sq. ft.: 24,000

This year, the tennis competition will be held on Wimbledon’s grass courts. While the court accompanying this Laguna Niguel, Calif., home is turf -- not grass -- it’s still a great place for a budding Olympian to practice.

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The massive home also has two gourmet kitchens, two formal dining rooms, four full-service bars and two sculptured swimming pools with spas.

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Location: Reno, Nev.
Price: $2.35 million
Beds/baths: 4/4
Sq. ft.: 5,850

Many homes have pools, but few have pools that can host the activity of a training Olympian. The pool of this Reno home isn’t an Olympic-sized structure, but it provides enough room for butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle as well as a nearby spa to decompress in.

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If you'd rather stay dry, lounge back and enjoy the elegant city and mountain views that this home has to offer.

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Location: Adams, Ore.
Price: $1.58 million
Beds/baths: 5/5
Sq. ft.: 7,379

This Adams, Ore., home doesn’t have a high dive, but the deep pool and diving board are still good for practicing form.The 5,081-square-foot home is located 13 miles from Pendleton, OR and also includes a 2,298-square-foot guest/pool house.

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When you're not diving into the pool, dive into the awesome features in this home, including five fireplaces, a game room with pool table and a super-spacious master suite.

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Location: Danville, Calif.
Price: $1.749 million
Beds/baths: 4/2.5
Sq. ft.: 3,914

A little like gymnastics with a bounce, trampolining is a newer Olympic sport, making its debut at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. This Danville, Calif., house includes an in-ground trampoline perfect for practicing aerial moves.

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Even if you want to leave the trampoline to the kids, this home is the perfect country getaway.

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Location: Las Vegas
Price: $2.95 million
Beds/baths: 8/10
Sq. ft.: 10,028

The U.S. Olympic basketball team is dominated by some of the biggest names in the NBA. Channel your inner Kobe or LeBron with the indoor basketball court offered in this Las Vegas home.

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Outside the court, enjoy the home's gourmet kitchen, spacious living room with high ceilings and giant master suite with fireplace and entertainment center.

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Location: North Huntingdon, Pa.
Price: $459,900
Beds/baths: 4/2.5
Sq. ft.: 2,348

A casual beach game can also be elevated to Olympic status. A relatively new sport, beach volleyball is often one of the more popular summer events to watch. Rather than getting down to the beach to practice digs and spikes, this home in North Huntington, Pa., includes a regulation-sized sand volleyball court. Priced under $500,000, this home is one of the cheaper Olympic options on this list.

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Spike the ball, then relax by the pool -- or even the pond -- or grab a horse from the home's barn and take a ride along the property's beautifully landscaped four acres.

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Location: Los Angeles
Price: $13.8 million
Beds/baths: 7/12
Sq. ft.: 13,000

A total of 260 athletes -- men and women -- are competing in weightlifting at the Olympics, hoisting 500 pounds and more. This Los Angeles home gym has plenty of space for a budding athlete to begin training.

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But, really, who wants to weightlift when you have that pool!

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Location: Winnsboro, Texas
Price: $8.075 million
Beds/baths: 5/5.5
Sq. ft.: 5,862

This Texas ranch has nearly everything on its sprawling acreage, including an archery range. Archery dates back 10,000 years, but it wasn’t added to the Olympics until 1900. The Winnsboro, Texas, archery range is rustic but would still work well for an Olympian in training.

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The property sits on 1,702 acres, which includes a golf course, a fishing lake and a live creek.

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