The 2012 United States Olympic Training Camp begins on Saturday in Knoxville, Tennessee in the massive University of Tennessee campus. The 49 members of the U.S. Olympic swim team will take over the lanes at the Jones Aquatic Center for a week, rubbing shoulders with the resident Pilot Aquatic Club, for some fine-tuning and relay preparations.
Neither this camp, nor the one that follows in France, will see many major changes. It will be an opportunity for the Olympic coaching staff to get a feel for where the team is at before making relay decisions; to practice handoffs; to hit final tapers; and to make sure that everyone stays focused in the final three-week run-up to the Olympics. It will also be an opportunity for the new members of the team to become absorbed into this ultra-elite culture and to develop some not-to-be-undervalued camaraderie.
July 7 Knoxville
July 12 Media day
July 14 Fly to Vichy, France
July 23 Arrive in London
July 26 USOC press conference
July 27 Olympic opening ceremonies
July 28 Swimming begins