Catherine Vogt, former coach of 2005 world 10K champion Chip Peterson and current assistant coach of USC, was announced as the head coach for the USA Swimming national open water team at the 2009 FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome in July.
World Swimming Championships will be televised on NBC for American audiences, although nothing has been yet announced regarding broadcast of the 5K, 10K or 25K open water events.
After the Beijing Olympics, Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Universal Sports & Olympics, said, "The whole world watched as Michael Phelps took his sport to a new level and introduced a generation of fans to swimming through his extraordinary achievements. His accomplishments transcend sports and are, in fact, a cultural phenomenon. We're greatly looking forward to following the next chapter in his career."
While the swimming community will be tuning into NBC to see how Michael will perform after his tremendous 8-gold-medal performance in Beijing, we will be covering the 5K, 10K and 25K races live via Twitter (under SwimOpenWater), providing a real-time minute-by-minute online and mobile updates on all the men's and women's open water races at the World Swimming Championships.
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