Monday, April 15, 2013

St. Louis among three finalists to host 2016 Olympic Swimming Trials


The word from USA Swimming, via its twitter account, seems encouraging:

"We're down to 3 cities in the hunt to host #Trials2016-Omaha, San Antonio & St. Louis. Host announcement slated for April 27..who's ready?"

This means that USA Swimming has eliminated Indianapolis, Greensboro, N.C. and Jacksonville, Fla. and could be viewed as great news for St. Louis. Omaha served as host in 2008 and 2012 and staged the event at the CenturyLink Center. San Antonio was the runner-up each time and like St. Louis, proposes staging the event at its massive indoor complex known as the Alamodome. Sponsored by the St. Louis Sports Commission, the event here would be held at the Edward Jones Dome, which is large enough to house the pair of pools necessary for the event.

The swimming trials is one of three considered a crown jewel, the others being gymnastics and track and field. NBC commits more than a week of live coverage from the venue, so the nation gets an eyeful of St. Louis while learning a little about the athletes who will be expected to dominate at the pool in previous Olympiads.