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I am an American and would like to see my own country host the event in the nation that is mine. I believe there are many others that feel in their hearts the same way. This is a moment of adversity that could be transformed into a great opportunity.
A race is a race no matter where you compete and a champion is a champion with money never a factor when it really comes down to it.
Call Obama, tell him the situation and ask him if we can put it in Washington DC or Hawaii or where ever the best place in America is for this.
Who ever said it was impossible to host the Championships in the United States needs to remember along with everyone else that the word impossible spoken is only a word and does not define pure truth with the elements of the situation and the “Clocks tickin.”
The leadership of USA Swimming, ASCA, and ISCA should all try to learn something more from each other, share ideas, and approach FINA with the right mentality for victory, managing the element levels of business, tradition, and performance, with an acurate perspective and raising the bar.
I believe the best thing about hosting the 2017 World Championships is that it creates a great opportunity for our country to build the greatest pool facility in the world.
A competition pool that is 50 meter by 33 and 1/3 meter by 20 feet deep running 12 lane heats has many benefits. It’s the next step because it gives more excitement and options in a race. The huge volume of athletes at meets will also give a better managing capability for the facility and timelines. The main competition pool can host swimming, diving, polo, and synchro in an outdoor arena having over 25,000 spectators seating capacity and retractable roof for weather conditions. Also having retractable diving platforms and boards for spacing as needed.
We could have the warm up pool be perpendicular to the race pool with a skybox between and above both having a tunnel connection to each pool. From above the pools will appear as a T shaped complex and the arena C shaped around the competition pool connecting into the sides of the skybox.
Have a couple helicopters flying above and 200 Marines on the ground if safety is an issue. If money is an issue call Wells Fargo or Donald Trump.
A gas price going up or down is nothing but an excuse. Get in your car or van and pay the price like everyone else at the station then go where you need to go. If you are over the ocean then buy a plan ticket or hop on a boat.
These kind of events boost economies in the right area far beyond the last races. The facility can be a huge asset for training, camps, future meets, clinics, meetings, and pay for its function to be built and operate year to year re-shaping competitive swimming sports standards at a high level. ASCA, ISCA, and USA Swimming could each own 1/3 of the facility.
By my rights as an American Citizen living in a free country I nominate Chuck Wielgus, John Leonard, and Randy Reese as leaders of the building committee for the pool. I believe that these men have the experience needed to get the job done the right way. I also believe that all this is new and can reshape and adjust as needed to be a great success for American Swimming. I finally believe that many other coaches, athletes, and supporters in our country and others will also support this mission.