Petar Stoychev has been selected to carry the flag of his native Bulgaria in the Beijing Olympic opening ceremonies.
This is another honor given to Stoychev in his long open water swimming career.
Besides the worldwide attention being paid to Natalie du Toit as the first amputtee to qualify for an Olympic final, several open water swimming articles were written in the Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine selected 3 open water swimmers as the Top 100 Athletes to Watch in Beijing.
Despite being perhaps the least known sport in the Olympic program, open water swimming is making a nice splash in Beijing.
Watch the women's race in its entirety on NBCOlympics.com at 9:00 pm ET on August 19th and the men's race in its entirely live online at NBCOlympics.com at 9:00 pm ET on August 20th.
Photo by Dr. Jim Miller of Petar Stoychev winning the Traversee Internationale du Lac Memphremagog (FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix in Lac Magog) in Canada last week.
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