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The U.S. Olympic swimming trials start next weekend in Omaha.
And no, Omaha doesn’t have some big-time, state-of-the-art swimming facility. Well, actually, it has one for another two weeks or so. The City of Omaha built two temporary pools at the Qwest Center, the city’s downtown arena. There is one Olympic-sized pool for competition and a second one for warm-ups.
Where there wasn’t a pool before, now there are two holding millions of gallons of water.
All of this begs a question — why can’t Oklahoma City go after the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials?
We don’t have a facility right now that could host the trials, but apparently, we don’t need one. Temporary pools are the way most of the U.S. trials are hosted. Four years ago, the trials were in Long Beach. Sunny California is one place you might suspect they’d have suitable facilities for the trials. Nope. They leased a pair of European-made portable pools and set them up in the parking lot of the convention center.
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