Brazil Departs for Pre-Olympic Camp in Crystal Palace

A late-night post for a late-night voyage; at just 5 minutes before midnight local time in Sao Paulo (an hour ahead of New York), the Brazilian Olympic Team will board a flight, set to arrive at 3PM Monday to London’s Heathrow Airport for their pre-Olympic training camp.

The Brazilians will embark upon a destination that they have become quite familiar with the last few years – the Crystal Palace in south London’s Upper Norwood district.

The Crystal Palace National Sports Centre is a multi-purpose club with brilliant swimming facilities that includes a 50 meter pool, with separate 25 meter and teaching pools nearby. They will remain in camp there until July 24th, at which time they will make the short journey to take up residence at the Olympic village.

The Brazilian Olympic Team, all of whom are using the facility as their training base, will have the advantage of just being a short bus-ride away from the Olympic venues and will thus have the least-stressful journey in the immediate leadup to the Games. The downside is that they will have to spend 10 days in the midst of the Olympic chaos, but coming from the crowded Brazilian urban culture this shouldn’t be too much of an issue for the athletes.

A trio of Brazilians are making later arrivals to the UK – Kaio Almeida and Luiz Raphael don’t arrive until July 22nd, and sprinter Graciele Hermann will meet the team in the Olympic village on July 25th, just two days before the opening ceremonies. For Hermann, not swimming until the very end of the meet, it should still be plenty of time to acclimate.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

7 Comment threads
9 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
11 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted

Some tips about Brazil Team:
-Fratus improved his breakout.from last year, it was 8.68 meters.Now is 9.27
-Cielo changed his nutrition to compensate the absence of shiny suits.He gained 2 kilograms of muscle to have more strenght comparing with 2009.In beijing, Cielo body fat index was 13%.In London, will be 9-10%.

And a bit bold prediction from coach Alberto Pinto:
-Cielo will swim 50 free between 20.90 and 21.03.(I really doubt about that, but i would love to see!!!)


Doubt also… but if Cielo is able to really do that.. in theory he would be able to put up some pressure on mag on 100.. If he could go 21 flat on 50 free he could open 22 mid on 100 free and still has gas to return..

Maybe the magazine wrote the times wrong(It could be between 21.19 and 21.30?), but what you talked is true:If he was capable to open in 22.40(considering 21 flat in individual 50free) he could be capable to coming home in 24 mid-low, what would be a blast.Normally, Cielo opening time(in 100free) is between 1.05 to 1.3s slower than his 50 free.

I am curious to see Cielo stick note where he puts his time goals.He is never far than what he wrote there.


I love you Cesar Cielo

About Braden Keith

Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

Read More »

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!