Thursday, June 12, 2008

Lasting Images from Beijing - Part 15

The swimming and gymnastics Olympics finals will be held in the morning so the events can be broadcast live in the evening prime time hours in the U.S.

Because there is a 12-hour time difference between Beijing and New York, NBC can showcase the two most popular Olympic sports live here in the U.S.

While there was initial grumbling among athletes about having finals in the morning, the athletes have accepted the decision and are focused on peaking in the morning in Beijing.

But there is one group of athletes new to the Olympic family who are natural morning people: open water swimmers.

Open water swimmers, whether it is a local race, a domestic national championship or a FINA world championship event, always start in the morning. 7 am, 8 am, 9 am, 10 am – getting ready for a morning peak performance is second-nature.

Sunrise and the calm natural beauty of the shoreline and lakeside in the morning are indeed welcomed sights for open water swimmers worldwide.

Photo by Dr. Jim Miller in the morning at the famous Traversee du Lac Memphremagog in Quebec, Canada.

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