Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time. He puts countless hours into intense training no matter the year, and yet his recognition only comes every 4.
Swimming is not the sport where you have favorite players or teams. In fact, you don’t even say I play swimming, as you would most other sports. There’s no sub for when you get tired, fouls, or even contact at all for that matter.
In a survey conducted by Statistica.com, Swimming was the favorite sport to watch during the Olympic season at 21%. The closest was Gymnastics at 15%.
Why, you may ask, is it only every four years Swimming becomes the favorite sport to watch during the Olympics? Because there are no competitive teams. Imagine a swim team per major city similarly to the MLB, NBA, and NHL.
Attendance would not be an issue after the obvious interest shown during the olympic years. With the popularity that has surrounded the new addition of a soccer team within the city of Cincinnati (FC Cincinnati), it brings into question the possibility of a competitive swim team in the area. Swim teams similar to this exist in North Carolina (SwimMac) and in Maryland (NBAC). These elite programs produce olympians. A team around Cincinnati would bring more attention to Ohio Swimming and give midwest swimmers the opportunity to compete at an elite level year-round.