Tokyo, Check.  Paris, Check.  What About Los Angeles?

Tokyo, Check. Paris, Check. What About Los Angeles?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games marathon swim will be held in Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Bay, a very flat, very warm-water venue.

The 2024 Paris Olympic Games marathon swim will be held in the Seine near the Eiffel Tower, the same venue that hosted the 1900 swimming events.*

But where will the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games marathon swim be held?

No one knows. Rumors on the shores of the California coast about the location of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics range from Redondo Beach to Long Beach.

The Orange County Register newspaper recently reported that the Olympic water polo complex proposed in the city of Irvine [see rendering above] could be used as the 2028 Olympic venue. This is another hint that cities all over the Southern California basin are investing in and lobbying for bringing in Olympic events to their cities.

Stay tuned to learn about a race that will be 10 years in the planning.

* At the 1900 Paris Olympics, seven swimming events were contested in the Seine where 76 men from 12 countries competed in 7 swimming events that included the 200m freestyle, 1000m freestyle, 4000m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 200m team relay, 200m obstacle course and underwater swimming. In the longest Olympic race in the Seine, John Arthur Jarvis of Great Britain won gold, Zoltán Halmay of Hungary won silver, and Louis Martin of France (bronze) won bronze on the podium in the 4000m race.

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