The US Olympic Swim Trials held in Omaha shall be break up into two occasions
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The 2020 U.S. Olympic Swimming Attempts to take place in Omaha this summer will now be split in half due to COVID-19.
The exams are divided into two competitions, with wave 1 competing on June 4 and 7, 2021 and wave 2 on June 13 and 20, 2021. Wave 2 will serve as the sole qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The decision was made to reduce overcrowding in the arena and provide a safer environment for athletes, according to a press release.
“We have made a thorough and methodological assessment of the trials over the past few months and have considered several critical considerations in making our decision,” said Mike Unger, USA Swimming’s chief operating officer. “Our top priority was to find a way to conduct exams in the safest possible environment while also giving athletes the best chance to be successful. While Olympic team selection for Tokyo is a crucial goal for the Trials, it’s important to note that the past experience some of the lower-seeded athletes gained in the Trials will be a great experience for future Olympic Trials (and Games ) that fueled our desire to host two events. “
Josh Todd, President of the Omaha Sports Commission, says the new doubles event is exciting for Omaha.
“The Omaha Sports Commission is excited about the new, dual event schedule for trials, which gives us the opportunity to host not just one but two marquee events in the city of Omaha. We work closely with the team at the CHI Health Center and strive to provide every athlete who comes to Omaha with a safe and memorable experience to chase their dreams and compete for a place on the US Olympic team. “
You can find further qualifying information on the newly hired waves here.
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