A bash made a splash Monday night at the Qwest Center. The U.S. Olympic Splash Bash brought together metro youngsters to watch the Swim Trials on the big screen and perhaps boost their interest in swimming.
Many of the athletes competing this week started competitive swimming about the time they started grade school. "I was five when I started," said Brooke Bennett, who won three gold medals in 1996 and 2000. "About nine or 10 years old I remember watching Janet Evans compete in the '88 Olympics in Seoul and just knew then that's what I wanted to do."
What would it be like to be 8 years old and wear an Olympic gold medal? Madison Scott found out courtesy of Bennett. "We'll I'm going to place this medal around you Madison just like they would in the awards ceremony," said Bennett. "Feel that weight?"
A gold medal experience for young Madison at the first Splash Bash party of the Olympic season. What will she tell her friends about wearing a gold medal from the Olympics? "That it was really cool to be here."
This bash was the first of over 500 to be held across the country this summer. Brownell-Talbot/B-T Aquatics joined together with USA Swimming to sponsor the event.
There are nine swim clubs in the metro and all were invited.