Olympia is the capital city of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County.Edmund Sylvester and Levi Smith jointly claimed the land that now comprises downtown Olympia in 1846.The city of Olympia is located at the southern end of Puget Sound on Budd Inlet.
Olympia is a focal point of fine arts. A number of theatrical experiences are available with companies namely Capital Playhouse, Olympia Family Theater, Theater Artists Olympia (TAO), Olympia Little Theater, and Harlequin Productions at the historic State Theater.Every year the Olympia Film Society (OFS) produces a film festival and fosters film and video education in Olympia.Olympia's main public school district is the Olympia School District. In the 2007-2008 school year, Olympia began the new Parent Partnership Program.It provides more opportunities to homeschooling families. Olympia's online high school, Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA), is the part of the same program.
Some of the notable residents of the city of Olympia comprise the legendary U.S. Soccer goalkeeper Kasey Keller who was born in Olympia. He now plays for the Seattle Sounders after having had a long career playing in Europe,novelist Caitlin Kittredge,Youtube make-up artist guru and singer/songwriter Dustin Hunter,Adam Conley, the 2011 second round pick of the MLB's Florida Marlins etc.
Olympia hosted the U.S. Olympic women's marathon trial in 1984. The winner of the event was Joan Benoit who would later win a gold medal at the first women's Olympic marathon at the 1984 Summer Olympic games in Los Angeles.