My Experience at the Olympic Swim Trials

Can you imagine spending over 4 years in daily training, only to have your Olympic career decided in less than 15 minutes?  This is what happened for a handful of hopefuls last Monday during the swim trials in Omaha, NE.  I witnessed an amazing event as women and women competed in the 50m and 1500m freestyle to earn their place on the US Olympic Swim Team.

The girls at the ready.

Men preparing for the 1500m freestyle competition.

Sponsored by USA Swimming, I was able to view the whole event from suite seats!  I even attended a fun VIP lounge party prior to the event.  (One other fun bonus? I took part in a #SwimToday Twitter party while live on location!)

VIP Treats: Giant Prawn and Strawberry Shortcake!

One thing that struck me as amazing was how emotional the whole experience was.  Both the athletes and audience were tearful at their victories (and the losses.)  When the torches lit up after each trial, I could feel the warmth from where I was sitting!

It's getting hot in here!

The women's final scores.
This was such an awesome opportunity and one of the rare perks that I get from living in Nebraska (where, let's face it, we don't have big theme parks or movie premieres.)  With the event less than an hour from my very rural farm home, it was a super way to spend my birthday this year, and an eye-opening look at the dedication and inspiration that are displayed at each Olympic trial event.

Will you be following the Olympics this year?  What about the swimming portion?

If you have kids who haven't gotten into swimming yet, or you are curious as to how to make swimming a safe, family activity, be sure to check out the USA Swimming website at!  It's full of tips and resources to help you get started. (Check them out on Twitter for even more Olympic updates and excitement!)

*I want to give a big thank you to The Motherhood and USA Swimming for providing me with this opportunity to share the heart behind the Olympic Swim trials!.  I was provided with admission to the event, as well as accommodations.  Opinions are 100% my own.