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.