Swimming set to be highlight of the Olympics

Swimming is set to be one of the many highlights of the Beijing Olympics, especially in the two countries that dominate the pool - Australia and the United States.

The events will take place in the new architectural marvel, the ‘ice cube’ swimming center. The swimming finals will be held in the morning so they can be shown during prime time television in the United States.

Michael Phelps is looking to break Mark Spitz’s record of seven Olympic gold medals at a single games. If Phelps equals or beats Spitz’s record he will take home a cool million dollars from his sponsors.

Katie Hoff also from the United States will compete in five individual races and at least one relay event. Having set the world record in the 400 individual medley, she will be another swimmer to watch. She is just 19 years old, but she will be competing in her second Olympics.

41 year-old Dara Torres will compete in her fifth Olympics in the 50 meter freestyle and possibly a couple of relay events.

Libby Trickett from Australia will use her maiden name, Lenton, at the Olympics and will challenge Dara Torres in the 50 meter freestyle and is favorite in the sprint races.

Leisel Jones will dominate the breaststroke events having won gold in the 400 freestyle and 400 medley at the Athens Olympics.

Grant Hackett is favorite to win his third Olympic gold in the 1,500 meter freestyle and Kosuke Kitajima from Japan will be the one to watch in the men’s breaststroke events.

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