Greensboro Latest Eliminated From Race for 2016 Olympic Trials, Leaving Three Candidates

As USA Swimming continues to whittle down the finalists for the Olympic Trials, Greensboro, North Carolina was the latest to be eliminated from the competition, the Greensboro Coliseum Complex announced today.

That leaves just three cities still in the hunt, with the decision to be announced on April 27th.

Greensboro was the largest “arena” style venue (though smaller than the football stadiums) in the running, but was also by far the smallest city among the final 6 bidders.

Of those remaining, now, the only basketball/hockey type arena that we’ve become used to for these events are the two-time defending hosts Omaha. San Antonio and St. Louis are both proposing the use of their football stadiums.

Mike Unger, the Assistant Executive Director of USA Swimming who has spearheaded this bidding process, said that USA Swimming is still committed to a long term relationship with Greensboro. The Greensboro Coliseum  which was the proposed site of the Trials is in the same complex as a new multi-million dollar permanent venue that has already been named as the host for this December’s Winter National Championships.

“We thank Greensboro and North Carolina 2016 for their interest in hosting the Trials,” said Unger. “The organizers, volunteers, facilities, and overall support in Greensboro were outstanding. Even though we won’t be there for the Trials, we look forward to a long relationship with Greensboro as we will continue to host events there in the future, such as our AT&T Short Course National Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center this December.”

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Well, as a Greensboro native (though no longer current resident), this really bums me out. Greensboro may be a midsize city but it has hosted bigger events than the Trials (specifically the ACC tournament dozens of times) and would have been a great choice for 2016. They might as well award it to Omaha in perpetuity, because that is clearly where they’re heading again, since putting it in a dome would be a disaster.


Air quality last week at Y Nationals was HORRIBLE. Last two days of the meet they had every exterior door in the place wedged open. Very disappointing for such a new facility. ALL the USA Swimming guys were there to see it:(


This is no surprise. Just spent a week in Greensboro for Y nats. Had a great time at the GAC. for an event like YMCAs or JRs/SRs the town is great. But felt like it was busting at the seams. Love Greensboro, but The Lou is the obvious place to be if we are going to take a chance and grow the event….

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