Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Dream Team in the Pool

The U.S. Olympic Swim Team, including open water swimmers Chloe Sutton and Mark Warkentin, held a media day at its morning workout in Stanford University.

Over 300 reporters from Access Hollywood to Swimming World Magazine crowded the pool decks in its last opportunity to shoot and interview the Olympians until they complete their swims in Beijing.

The workout can only be described as an aquatic version of the 1992 Dream Team with Magic, Michael and Bird with…

Natalie Coughlin in lane 1 working on IM.

Dara Torres in lane 3 working on her technique.

World-record holder Margaret Hoelzer in lane 4 with double gold medalist Megan Jendrick.

Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps going head-to-head in lanes 5-6, pushing each other to heights unknown to any other IM'er.

Over in the distance lanes, 10K marathon swimmer Mark Warkentin was working out with Peter Vanderkaay, Erik Vendt, Klete Keller and Larsen Jensen. See photo above.

By the time, Larsen had thrown down a 7:55 in an 800 free, the sprinters had started to warm up: Matt Grevers, Cullen Jones, Jason Lezak and Ben Wildman-Tobriner.

In the other pool, the University of Texas swimmers – Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen and Scott Spann continued their training regimen under head men’s Olympic coach, Eddie Reese.

Likewise, Amanda Beard, Kate Ziegler and Katie Hoff powered their way on their own sets.

On the pool deck, a Who’s Who of American swimming coaches were guiding the swimmers: Mark Schubert, Bob Bowman, Gregg Troy, Frank Busch, Jack Bauerle and Teri McKeever.

Schubert described the training of America’s top female open water swimmer with its greatest pool swimmers, “It’s great. Chloe now sees herself on the same level of the rest of the team and appreciates what she has accomplished and what she can, hopefully, accomplish in other Olympics in the future.”

Photo of Mark Warkentin, Larsen Jensen and Klete Keller by Colin A Gift at the USA Olympic Swim Team Media Day at Stanford University.

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