U.S. Olympic Swim Team Flying on Mark Cuban’s Plane to Rio

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Team is flying on Mark Cuban’s plane to Rio. Cuban is a billionaire investor and the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.

The team flew on an exclusive charter flight from their first camp stop in San Antonio, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia, and now will get a lift courtesy of Cuban’s plane. At last check, Cuban owned three planes – a Gulfstream G550, a Boeing 757 for his NBA team, and a 767 that he rents out for charters. The 767 is the plane being flown by the U.S. team.

Every seat on board is a business-class style seats, meaning that the swimmers will be able to fully recline and stretch out in relative comfort for their 10 hour flight to Rio. Once they arrive, the U.S. will join the U.K. in using the Flamengo pool as their primary training ground outside of the formal Olympic facilities. The Flamengo area of Rio is located near the Olympic parks.

Also of note, the plane was located on the Tarmack near Air Force One – which brought president Barack Obama to Atlanta on Monday to address veterans.

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bobo gigi

Good luck guys.
Stay safe and healthy.

And that photo with the pajamas is really hilarious.


Only in America, Bobo. Only in America….

Sergey v

Don’t you think American swimmers have such unfair advantage that they can fly chartered plane in business class seats while other swimmers have to fly regular scheduled flights in economy/cattle seats?

I am asking you this question because you are the only person here who normally noticed about such little details and proposed them as mitigating factors.

Eva jaszczuk

Mark Cuban is the real patriot to let USA team
Fly his plan they deserve special treatment


‘letting’ and ‘renting’ are two different words, my friend


Patriot? Didn’t he just endorse Hillary? He’s more comrade than patriot.


Just not the place…


It sounds like swimming’s Olympic athletes were held up on the Tarmack for close to an hour before departing. So it’s nice to get update pics from the athletes themselves. Ten hours until touch-down in Rio. And thanks to Mark Cuban for supporting our athletes.

Barbara Meyers

A first class human being. You rock Mark Cuban!!

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