Monday, November 8, 2010

The House Built By Swimming Built By The House

A lot of athletes take pride in just how rundown their training facilities can be while still contributing to their success.  But sometimes athletic facilities and athlete development evokes the chicken/egg dilemma: do beautiful facilities make the athletes or do athletes warrant the facilities?

I'm not going to answer that dilemma, but instead conclude that an answer may not be needed when you can wallpaper your facility - newly constructed or long condemned - with National Championship banners.  And when winning another one will bring up the uncomfortable question of just where are we going to put this?

Welcome to the UT-Austin Texas Swim Center.  If the mere sight of the gleaming tiles and sparkling water doesn't make you swim faster - or feel unworthy, then perhaps a record board chock full of recognizable Olympic-medal winning names will.  Add a masters coach with Olympic bling of her own at home and I'm thinking I might need to go back to my "dump"...

Someone named Phelps is listed at least twice, he and this Peirsol fella must be pretty good
gallons and gallons just waiting...

the banners in this picture are just from 1987-1991...5 years, 4 banners...

1 comment:

rick & marnie said...

just like IU except fewer flags... how often are you swimming there? Sherpas

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