We are all ready, after training camps at Stanford University, Singapore, and then here in Beijing. The U.S. Olympic Swimming team has a number of world record holders, so we look forward to a strong showing. However, there are challenges from athletes from all over the world.
The schedule for the preliminaries amd finals has been reversed to allow for the final to be shown live on the east coast in the U.S. This is great for the U.S. viewing audience, as you will get to see most events live! The finals will be in the morning here, while the preliminaries will be in the evening. This is a huge change (and concession to TV), since most all sports have always had the finals in the evening. This schedule change has had implications for athletes schedules for training, sleep, and meals. We start with preliminaries tonight (Sat. Aug. 9) in swimming.