Rio Olympics, Two Tales Of A City

Rio Olympics, Two Tales Of A City

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Outside Magazine published an article called Rio Olympics Probably Doomed.

The article by K. Annabelle Smith states, “John Coates, vice president of the International Olympic Committee, called Rio’s preparations for the 2016 games “the worst” he’s seen yet…At an Olympics forum in Sydney, Australia, Coates said construction hadn’t begun in some venues in Rio de Janeiro and that infrastructure and water quality are behind schedule.”

But what we have seen several times first-hand of the Olympic 10 km marathon swimming venue and organization on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, the open water swimming event at the 2016 Rio Olympics will be an overwhelmingly outstanding event despite the unknown dynamics of the Atlantic Ocean and the swirling waters of Copacabana Beach which can range from flat and tranquil to rough and wavy.

The organization of the open water swimming events and its local officials have been excellent in all kinds of conditions, from a humid rainy day to a stifling heat. The athletes are treated exceedingly well, the venue is open for hundreds of thousands to witness from the wide sands on Copacabana, and construction issues that may be problematic with other sports are definitely not an issue for the open water event.

Photo by Getty Images above shows Copacabana Beach where the 10 km marathon swim course will be held between the sandy shores and Forte de Copacabana.

For background information on the Olympic 10 km marathon swim, visit here.

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