Saturday, June 30, 2012

US Olympic swimming trials

"Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal." — Jerome P. Fleishman, lyricist (who's only well-known song that I can find was published in 1905)

PAUL AND I are attending the Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha. We've been here for two days and have already seen so many great athletes and races. 

We totally lucked out tonight with our seats; we were right above the start and finish end of the pool. We were situated so we could also see the three NBC Sports announcers as they were broadcasting live. Here are a few pictures from Friday night.

This is what the pool looks like when they turn off the lights
for drama right before a big race or an awards presentation.

Here it is with the lights on.

When someone breaks a Trials, American, Olympic or 
world record, they set off the flash pots.

We got to see Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte last night and tonight. This is the a semifinal heat of the men's 200 IM. Michael is in the fourth lane from the right with his arms back, and Ryan is in the fifth. 

Same race — 200 men's IM — just after the starting buzzer. Michael Phelps is in the
fourth lane from the right and Ryan Lochte is in the fifth.

They're burning it to the wall on the last 50 meters, the freestyle leg, of the men's 200 IM. Ryan is ahead with Michael close behind in lane four. We were rooting for Ryan, and he won.

Being here is just so much fun!! Paul is wearing his US swimming
trials shirt from when we attended four years ago.

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