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OMAHA, Nebraska, June 27. USA Swimming staffers, based in Colorado Springs, Colo., are currently working under duress at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials as homes are threatened by the Waldo Canyon Fire. USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus released the following statement regarding the fires.
“USA Swimming continues to monitor the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs. All staff working at Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., has been told that if they feel the need, or if they want to go home, we will get them home as soon as possible. We are committed to running an amazing event here in Omaha and are working hard to ensure that all of the athletes competing at the Olympic Trials have a great experience.
“We have the full support of the U.S. Olympic Committee and its CEO Scott Blackmun. The USOC has offered to help relieve any USA Swimming staff that needs to leave Omaha and has also offered refuge at the Olympic Training Center for any of our staffers that have been evacuated from their homes.”
Wielgus also spoke with Swimming World stating that the organization is working on a way to facilitate any help from the swimming community to support those that have, or will, lose their homes or properties.