'One Year To Go' Olympic Swimming Events Kick Off
Within the last couple of weeks the new Aquatics Centre in London helped launch the `one year to go` celebrations until the Olympic Games visit the Capital City in 2012, giving the world of Swimming plenty to shout about in the last ten days or so. The new facility in Stratford hosted its first competitive race, while many fans flocked to Hyde Park for the official 365 day countdown until the opening ceremony commences. Lord Mayor Boris Johnson was among the guests, and he was joined by Prime Minister David Cameron, London 2012 organiser Sebastian Coe and Princess Anne to mark a one off celebration. The new facility looks very impressive and thousands of fans will be travelling to the venue in July of next year to witness a series of disciplines which will, eventually, crown a number of new Olympic Champions. As well as that the World Swimming Championships have come to an end which marks the last major event before the games. Shanghai in China was the venue for this one, but thankfully the Olympics will mean our fans won’t have to adjust their body clocks to watch the event, which will make a nice change! Britain’s very own Rebecca Adlington (reigning Olympic 400 and 800m freestyle Champion) took yet another gold medal to boost her hopes ahead of the London games, and Liam Tancock also took a gold in the 50m backstroke. With just 351 days to go (give or take a few hours!) until the first swimmers launch themselves from the starting blocks into the pool; it’s at this stage where the best competitors in the world begin to step up their preparations and dream of claiming the top prize in the sport. Michael Phelps will be hoping to do the same after announcing his retirement from swimming after London with an unprecedented 14 Olympic gold medals already to his name, which will give British fans the privilege of sending him off in style. British Swimming has a lot to be proud about at the moment, and we all hope our swimmers can replicate the successes of the World Championships and previous Olympics. The support for them will be immense, and hopefully the welcome and reception they get will give them that extra energy needed to touch home in first place. Those fortunate enough to have got tickets for the event will witness something truly special, but until that time the team here at Simply Swim will be keeping an eye on proceedings and wishing our swimmers the best of luck!