Standing on the sandy Copacabana beach with a crowd of both coaches and spectators waiting behind a fence line, I watched the elite swimmers looking surprisingly relaxed in the shade waiting to be called into the water.  Strong winds and surf had only recently destroyed the start and feeding pontoons.   But the weather and conditions for was good and the excitement was building amongst the gathering crowds.  I’m sure everyone reading this would have seen the races.  Both were exciting, and while I personally feel that OWS still needs to work on its presentation to the outside world, but having a clearer view of the swimmers, communicating to spectators and media why penalties happen straight away and having more TV commentators who actually know about the sport.  But these are small things and the events were thrilling. 

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