Breaking: Omaha Will Host 4th-Straight U.S. Olympic Trials in 2020

USA Swimming has announced the host city for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials: Omaha, Nebraska will host the event for the fourth-consecutive Olympic cycle.

Omaha first hosted the event in 2008, and USA Swimming raved about the city and venue before returning in 2012 and 2016. The competition takes place at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, with a long course competition pool built into the multi-purpose sports arena. The venue holds roughly 14,000 spectators and has traditionally included a long course warmup pool and a short course warmup pool during the Olympic Trials.

While the host city is unchanged from the past three Trials, USA Swimming’s selection process was much different this cycle. In the leadup to the 2016 Trials, USA Swimming announced 6 host contenders in January of 2013, and continued to lay out the bid process as the swimming federation came to a decision on hosting. For the 2020 Trials, there had been no information from USA Swimming on which cities were considered, and the host announcement came out of the blue this week: USA Swimming announced Omaha’s hosting status in a Facebook Live video, giving interested parties a 30-minute “heads up” that the announcement would be made.

You can see the announcement video below, from USA Swimming’s YouTube page:


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4 years ago

Ends all my doubt they are in it just for the $. Support from Mutual of Omaha. Continue to have the meet in a state that does not support men’s swimming. And not a peep out of them when two D1 programs dropped swimming in the last month. And this story appears in Swimswam just above a story of an NDU swimmer having to transfer.

NE Swammer
Reply to  meeeeee
4 years ago

You clearly are uninformed. As a former male high school swimer in Omaha I can tell you firsthand that we have an extremely strong swimming community. The Trials have been a huge success at CenturyLink and every time I have gone the 15,000+ seat arena is filled with screaming fans.

Don’t speak about things you have no information on, it makes you seem uninformed and gives you no credibility.

Reply to  meeeeee
4 years ago

Mutual of Omaha ended their sponsorship with USA swimming. Don’t know if it has to do with money or the entire city embracing swimming culture for the duration. The facilities are excellent and the city has always been welcoming the last few times.

4 years ago

Again? Boo

4 years ago

I feel so lucky that I was able to convince my dad to take me on a road trip to watch the 2004 Olympic Trials in Long Beach. We didn’t have a lot of money, and my parents had never really flown before, so a flight half-way across the country would have been out of the question. As it was I convinced him to take some time off work and we had one last father-son bonding trip. As a life-long swim-nerd, those Trials are still some of my greatest memories.

This never moving them deprives a lot of people (families in particular) from ever getting to experience the amazing spectacle that is the Olympic Trials. I hope they will… Read more »

Fully Woke
Reply to  CraigH
4 years ago

A moving story. But I thought you were from near Fresno. Isn’t it just a three hour drive from Fresno to Long Beach? Or is that what you did?

Reply to  Fully Woke
4 years ago

Yep. A three and a half hour drive. Now flying seems a much less serious thing than it did when I was growing up, but my father still won’t get on a plane.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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