Olympic Swim Trials - Behind the scenes

Updated: Jun. 12, 2021 at 7:33 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - All eyes will be on Omaha as Team USA is made right in the city. But what do the athletes experience?

We get a behind-the-scenes tour of the U.S. Swim Trials.

“This swim team is like no other. It’s the big show.”

When athletes prepare for the big show, they start here at the warm-up pools. This is where they work off all the nerves and get ready.

“It’s simply like watching them do something that they’ve been striving for their entire life or what they’ve been attempting to do their whole life. It’s something about watching the ups and downs of the sport. It’s an incredible experience,” said Jim Fox, USA Swimming.

They can also relax and play games in the athlete lounge. But once they are ready for the meet, they walk through the last call room.

“Seeing them in the ready room, you can see them in the last touchpoint. They get their names called, it’s go time.”

They get the experience of a lifetime!

“You take those first steps out. You take that first right turn, you walk out and you can hear the roar of the crowd, and you do your ritual.”

Some of the athletes will make it to Team USA and onto Tokyo.

Wave 2 of the swim trials starts tomorrow!

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