In 2002, Maritza Correia became the first black female swimmer to break an American record when she set new records in both the 50y and 100y freestyle. Two years later, she made history again as the first black woman to earn a place on the US Olympic swim team, where she won a silver medal as a member of the 4x100m freestyle relay.
Here are the pictures that I promised you guys. The internal structure of the building is AMAZING! I could just sit down and look at it the whole day! The water park is pretty cute and apparently very fun too. The last picture shows where the pool is, covered by the carpet cause there was a convention there last year. Even though I couldn’t see the pool, it was very emotional to sit on the stands and remember everything that happened in that pool. Needless to say, when I came back to the hotel I had to watch the 4x100m freestyle relay and the 100m fly. I showed them to my sister, she haven’t seen them before, and she couldn’t believe in what both Leezak and Michael have done. All in that pool… Seriously, it brought tears to my eyes. Also you can see the warm up pool being used, which was very nice to see (in the entrance of the Men’s changing rooms there’s a picture of Michael swimming the fly, unfortunately I couldn’t take a good picture of it). Believe it or not, it was a sunny day with no clouds, what you can see in the pictures are all smog, you almost can’t see the sun at all. But if you ever have the opportunity to visit the water cube, do it. It brings you amazing feelings.
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Gold medallists Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Simone Manuel and Nathan Adrian of the United States pose during the medal ceremony after setting a new world record of 3:23.05 in the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay Final on day fifteen of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 8, 2015 in Kazan, Russia.