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Olympic Swim Trials’ AquaLounge offers hands-on family fun

Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 11:34 AM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Wednesday night is officially the halfway point for the 2021 Olympic Swim Trials.

While there are still tickets available, the AquaLounge offers your family a free way to try out some of the family fun hands-on.

From the awards podium where you can try on bronze, silver and gold medals to the interactive Air Force Special Warfare booth, there’s something for everyone.

You’ll even have the chance to sign the Guinness world-record-setting kickboard.

“We are standing in front of the world’s largest kickboard, which you can see people have signed to wish good luck to Tokyo which has been fun,” Shana Ferguson, the Chief Commercial Officer with USA Swimming said. “We’ve run out of space, and are trying to figure out how to rig something so folks can get a little higher.”

Compared to the AquaLounges of swim trials’ past, this one looks quite a bit different.

“Unfortunately we’ve had to change this fan experience a little bit, to manage the crowds, certainly. And to understand that some of our sponsors and some of the past activations that we’ve had just didn’t make as much sense this year,” Ferguson said.

This year, a custom Toyota is on display.

Swimmer Caleb Dressel helped design the car based on his tattoos, it was hand-painted outside of the CHI Health Center during Wave 1 and will be auctioned off at the end of the trials.

As we make our way through the final nights of the trials, the athletes’ names will be added to the roster wall as they qualify for the team.

“Obviously there are a lot of holes in it yet because we are just building up but more and more swimmers are making the Olympic team every night,” Doug Parrott, the PR consultant for the Omaha Sports Commission said.

On the other side of the AquaLounge is the retail shop where you can buy all of the best Olympic gear.

The AquaLounge is open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. until June 20th.

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