Athletes In-Air, Departing for Turkey SC World Championships

PHOENIX, Arizona, December 7. SHORT Course World Championships start in T-minus five days. Even though that's nearly a week away, this morning our Swimming World Twitter feed informed us that athletes from around the world (or at least the Western Hemisphere) have packed and checked their bags, printed their boarding passes and are currently en-route to Istanbul to prepare for the World Championships. Let's hope no one left their passports (or, even worse, swim suits) behind.

Emily Brunemann started the Twitter excitement early this morning:

Josh White responded to his Michigan alma mater, and included a picture.. do you think that phone can tweet?

Jimmy Feigen made a little song commemorating the occasion:

Chloe Sutton responded to her Worlds teammate Tom Shields, and then sent out her own Tweet about Worlds:

Jasmine Tosky expressed her excitement at departing:

As the Worlds team's tweets were rolling in, swim fans started to send out their own excited Tweets:

Canadian athletes joined in on the fun:

Missy Franklin, of course, wished everyone luck:

But the best set of Tweets for the morning went to Ryan Lochte, who initially complained about spending an entire day on the plane…then in a twist of fate, realized that wouldn't be the case due to a cancelled flight!

From Swimming World Magazine, we wish everyone safe travels and fast times!