WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
March 29, 2012
Want to watch ageless Dara Torres go after her sixth Olympics?
Spectator tickets for the June 25-July 2 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska go on sale Friday.
The daily tickets will be sold through TicketMaster. The daily tickets will provide admission for prelims and finals on that specific day.
Prices are $80, $65 and $50 for tickets through July 1. Prices for tickets on July 2 (finals only) are $55, $45 and $35.
All-session tickets and four-day packages will still be available after March 30, but those interested must call the box office at the CenturyLink Center to place orders for those special types of tickets.
Torres turns 45 on April 15th. She competed in the 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2008 Olympic Games. She has qualified for the trials in the 50-meter freestyle, her signature event.
Speedo Suits Not A Hit Down Under
Several Australian Olympic swimmers are unhappy with the new official Speedo suits. Many are calling the suit too slow and say they feel heavy in the water.
There was concern raised during the Aussie selection trials for the London Olympics. Even though Speedo sponsors the Australian team several swimmers refused to wear them. Several British swimmers have also had problems with the suit.
The Australian Olympic Committee extended the deadline for swimmers on the Olympic team to apply for an exemption from having to wear the official Speedo suit from January 27 to April 16.
Officials said Speedo is also trying to alleviate the concerns raised by swimmers mainly over the new Elite Fastskin Pro suit and called it a global problem not just in Australia and Great Britain.
Subway System Honors Phelps
The subway system in London has renamed its stops in honor of several Olympians for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Transport for London’s Olympic Legends Map features 14-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps as one of its stops. Phelps and boxer Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) were called two of the greatest Olympians of all time and given choice locations along the subway line. The map has changed the names of 361 stations to celebrate Olympic athletes. Phelps got the honor of being the main Olympic spot which is usually known as Stratford. Swimmer Mark Spitz and diver Greg Louganis were also among the athletes selected.
Nyad Is Back Training
Long distance swimmer Diana Nyad is back at it training on her “Xtreme Dream” in St. Maarten’s Simpson Bay in the Caribbean for another attempt to pursue her dream of swimming 103 miles from Cuba to Florida, a feat that could take perhaps 60 non-stop hours of continuous swimming. She has made two attempts, lasting 39 and 41 hours before Mother Nature intervened. The 62-year-old Nyad was followed by 1.3 million Twitter fans during her journey. This summer she will try one last swim from Cuba to Florida. Nyad, a former Pine Crest swimmer, is blogging about her training sessions on her Xtreme Dream website.
Leverenz Awarded Honda Sports Award
Caitlin Leverenz of the national champion California Bears won the Honda Sports Award for Swimming, the Collegiate Women’s Sports Award program announced. She is now in contention to win the Honda-Broderick Cup as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Leverenz was the top performer at both the Pac 12 and NCAA Championships and is now training toward a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. The junior plans to compete in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley and 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events.
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