Boston Throws Swim Cap Into 2024 Olympic Ring

Boston Throws Swim Cap Into 2024 Olympic Ring

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Throughout the Olympic Games, swimming events have been held in open bodies of water:

* 1896 Athens Olympics (Games of the I Olympiad): Bay of Zea off the Piraeus coast in the Aegean Sea of Greece
* 1900 Paris Olympics (Games of the III Olympiad): Seine River in Paris, France
* 1904 St. Louis Olympics (Games of the III Olympiad): Man-made pond near Skinker and Wydown Boulevards in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
* 1906 Athens Intercalated Games: Neo Phaliron Bay off the coast of Athens, Greece
* 2008 Beijing Olympics (Games of the XXIX Olympiad): Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park (顺义奥林匹克水上公园 or 順義奧林匹克水上公園 in Chinese), outside Beijing, China

* 2012 London Olympics (Games of the XXX Olympiad)): Serpentine in London, UK * 2016 Rio Olympics (Games of the XXXI Olympiad): Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
* 2020 Tokyo Olympics (Games of the XXXII Olympiad): Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Bay, Japan

Where will the 2024 Summer Olympic Games be held?

Boston, Massachusetts has thrown its hat into the ring and was selected yesterday by the United States Olympic Committee as its official bid city.

After two flat-water loop courses at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympic Games, the Olympic community is getting ready for a rough water ocean marathon swim in Rio de Janeiro‘s Copacabana Beach in 2016 and another flat-water urban venue in Tokyo Bay’s Odaiba Marine Park in 2020.

But if the city of Boston gets the final nod by the International Olympic Committee, the local Olympic organizing committee will undoubtedly tap into the century-long experiences of the local open water swimming community in Boston. The Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association, the L Street Brownies, the Charles River Swimming Club and Swim Across America are all Boston-area based open water swimming organizations that may be called into action. There are so many open water swimmers in the area that recruiting volunteers and knowledgeable staff to help organize a 10 km race will be easy.

With rough water conditions available in the Boston Harbor, flat-water conditions in the Back Bay or the currents of the Charles River, the city and environs of Boston have all kinds of open water conditions and venues to offer the Olympic community.

Wherever the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim is held, the venue could accommodate tens of thousands of spectators to see the world’s fastest open water swimmers compete in a beautiful course.

Swimming up and down the Charles River alongside Harvard University or near MIT, could be cool. Or perhaps the 25 athletes could go mano-a-mano in purposefully turbulent conditions fighting with and against the tides in the Boston Harbor Islands? Or somewhere in Boston Harbor with the skyline of Boston looming large in the background?

The host of the 2024 Olympic Games will be announced at the 130th International Olympic Committee Session in Lima, Peru in 2017.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told ESPN, “This selection is in recognition of our city’s talent, diversity, and global leadership. Our goal is to host an Olympic and Paralympic Games that are innovative, walkable, and hospitable to all. Boston hopes to welcome the world’s greatest athletes to one of the world’s great cities.”

But several viable and interested candidate cities in other countries include Rome (Italy), Nairobi (Kenya), Casablanca (Morocco), Durban (South Africa), Johannesburg (South Africa), Doha (Qatar), Brisbane (Australia), Paris (France), Berlin (Germany), Hamburg (Germany), Copenhagen (Denmark), Saint Petersburg (Russia), Kiev (Ukraine), Budapest (Hungary), Istanbul (Turkey), and Baku (Azerbaijan).

For more information on the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, visit here, here and here.

Photo shows the Charles River Swim in Cambridge.

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Steven Munatones