PHOENIX, Arizona, December 19. SOME of the world's fastest swimmers aren't done competing, even as many begin to turn their thoughts to holiday training and Christmas gifts. The Salnikov Cup begins Friday in St. Petersburg, Russia, and a couple of swimmers had some difficulty when they arrived. Roland Schoeman arrived yesterday without luggage, as did George Bovell, who flew directly from the world championships in Turkey, and arrived yesterday. Bovell posted a comment on Twitter, saying “Made it to St. Petersberg, but my bag and big jacket and hat that was in the bag did not. It's -20 outside. I am not making this up.” Bovell has had some travel issues this month, including missing his connection from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and almost missing his flight from Trinidad to get to the world championships. From the looks of this photo taken earlier today, it looks like Bovell got some replacement clothes.
Jessica Hardy and her fianc? Dominik Meichtry are also racing in St. Petersburg this weekend, and as you can see from these photos, they've enjoyed the tour of the city, even walking out onto the frozen Neva river for a photograph.
The Salnikov Cup will award prize money to the top three swimmers in each event, a nice Christmas present for the professional swimmers. We'll bring you coverage of the meet on swimmingworld.com.