Monday, July 30, 2012

Could Louisville host the 2016 USA Swimming Olympic Trials?

Louisville is one of 16 cities that is looking to place a bid to host the USA Swimming Olympic Trials in 2016.

Executive director Chuck Wielgus said Sunday that while the organization is extremely pleased with the job Omaha has done hosting the event in both 2008 and again this year, there's a feeling among athletes and coaches that it should move around the country.

USA Swimming has already met with officials from 16 cities, including Jacksonville, Fla.; Greensboro, N.C.; and Louisville, Ky. They were encouraged to attend this year's meet, which begins Monday, to get an idea of the expectations for a host city.[...]

Formal bids will be taken in the fall, and Wielgus encouraged Omaha to make another bid. The winning city is expected to be announced next May.

It will be interesting to see what happens between now and next May.  If Louisville does get the bid, would they build a natotorium or use the Ralph Wright Natatorium at the University of Louisville?  The one at U of L does not even have enough seats to host a national meet so my guess would be that a place would have to be built or a temporary pool is built somewhere.

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