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Tour the Olympic Swim Trials set up at Century Link Center

Posted at 5:56 PM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-21 18:56:28-04

The first swimmers at the U.S. Olympic swim trials will dive into the pool at the Century Link Center on Sunday.

For the past several weeks Century Link has been transforming their arena into a swimming pool and KMTV got a behind the scenes look before the competition starts.

Omaha Sports Commission President, Herald Cliff, led the tour around Century Link.

He took KMTV through the hallway of blue carpet that the 1,800 athletes will walk into and the transition area that separates the arena and practice pool.

“This area is out of bounds to the media, so where you are going now is your last shot of the warm up area,” said Cliff.

The practice pool will be one of the busiest areas during the competition,  it’s where coaches and players prepare for some of the most important races of their lives.

There are massage areas, medical rooms, and stretching mats.

Cliff said there will always be something going on in the practice area with over 2,000 people.

The last call room will be the last stop before the athletes head up to the arena, then the swimmers will be greeted by thousands of people. 

The crystal clear pool is 80 degrees and is ready for the swimmers to compete in.

The nine lanes will host some of the best in the world and if they win, they will end up on the podium, and on the U.S. Olympic team.