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mbmg3282
October 27th, 2005, 03:55 PM
The IOC has just announced that the men's and women's 10k open water races have been added to the program for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

This is a great time to create open water events that are dual sanctioned with USMS and USA Swimming.

Frank Thompson
October 27th, 2005, 04:24 PM
Hi Mark;

I saw that news today and was happy because its a big step for Open Water swimming. However at the same meeting I was sad to hear that the IOC defeated adding the 50's of strokes to the Olympics like they have in the World Championships. They should follow Masters example and do this. Well win some lose some.

cinc3100
November 12th, 2005, 12:32 AM
Well, it was great to hear that open water is now an olympic event. I think there is a lot of competition world wide in it.

watergrrl
April 6th, 2006, 04:28 PM
Anyone have any idea what the qualifying requirements are going to be to get the 10k event in 2008? I haven't seen anything about it yet and I'm curious. I know some good open water swimmers who live in small countries. :)

Rob Copeland
April 7th, 2006, 01:53 PM
I would assume the Olympic qualifying requirements will be tied to placement at FINA championship events plus placement at national championship event.

mbmg3282
April 7th, 2006, 04:01 PM
So Rob, will you be trying to qualify?

Rob Copeland
April 8th, 2006, 01:47 PM
Originally posted by mbmg3282
So Rob, will you be trying to qualify?

Mark,

I'll try to qualify, when I see you swim the 200 Breast.

mbmg3282
April 8th, 2006, 06:46 PM
Rob, why don't you come to Chicago this summer. Meg Smath should be there to witness it.

MegSmath
April 9th, 2006, 05:24 PM
Zing! I go out of town and away from my computer for a day and a half and I get my name up in lights!!!