After a one-year delay, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming are staying in Omaha, Nebraska, with the rescheduled event now taking place June 13-20, 2021, at the CHI Health Center.
The trials, originally scheduled for June 21-28 in Omaha, were postponed last month following the International Olympic Committee's unprecedented decision to delay the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tokyo Games will now be held July 23-Aug. 8, 2021, almost exactly one year after the original dates.
USA Swimming’s announcement Friday marks the first major 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials event to be rescheduled. The 2021 event will feature the same event program as was planned for 2020, USA Swimming said. Those who had tickets to the 2020 event will have the option of taking the same seats in 2021 or receiving a refund.
“Fans can expect to witness the same incredible level of competition and entertainment throughout this highly-anticipated event,” USA Swimming COO Mike Unger said in a press release announcing the change.
Considered one of the most competitive swim meets in the world, with only two athletes per individual event earning Olympic berths, the U.S. trials return to Omaha for the fourth time in a row. Already, more than 1,200 swimmers have qualified.
Among those already qualified are five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky and two-time gold medalist Simone Manuel. On the men’s side, Caeleb Dressel is coming off an eight-medal performance at the 2019 world championships, while 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte is aiming to make his fifth Olympic Games; should he qualify he would turn 37 in Tokyo.
However, 2021 will mark the first of the Omaha trials without Michael Phelps. The most decorated Olympian ever with 28 medals retired following the Rio Games in 2016.