|We'll be watching swim starts all week. Credit: WhyOhGee|
But prime time coverage for the swimming Olympic Trials? This year is just too good. So what if it's the result of amplifying Michael Phelps to near-God status and beefing up a rivalry between him and Ryan Lochte (I've already been reminded too much tonight)? It sure beats missing the trials because they were televised on tape delay on a random Saturday afternoon, lumped into other sports coverage.
Except for one thing: my mind is already racing with questions from one hour of Trials watching. Call me an inquisitive reporter, but here's what I'm asking myself about the week ahead and might unfold.
- I love swimming to the point where I camp out on my couch for a week every four years (it already started again with me mesmerized by the 400m IM when I should have been cycling). But…why did they get a week’s worth of prime time coverage while I have to hunt down most of the track and field results online?
- The fancy, fast full-length suits we envied in 2008 were banned from competition shortly after Beijing. Are those fast times going to be tougher to reach? And how many records are going to fall this week in Omaha?
- How do they construct that competition pool in a 13,000-person arena? I found some facts at USA Swimming, but I'd really love to see a time-lapse video like the one NBC aired of the pool inside the Water Cube four years ago.
- The 13,000 spectators. How many of them are there for the sake of watching and how many are cheering on friends and family competing?
- Janet Evans’ return to the pool is practically old news, but veterans like Amanda Beard, Natalie Coughlin and Jason Lezak are also vying for Olympic berths. What veteran swimmers are going to make it onto the team?
- How many times are we going to be reminded of the Phelps/Lochte rivalry that I swear has only been amplified by the media?
Photo grabbed from WhyOhGee at flickr.