Federal Way lands 2012 US Olympic Diving Trials

The road to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will go through Federal Way.

The Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center was officially selected Tuesday to host the 2012 United States Olympic Diving Trials.

The Trials will be held June 18-24, 2012. More than 100 of the nation’s best divers are expected to vie for spots on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. The Trials will include men’s and women’s individual events in 3- and 10-meter competitions, plus men’s and women’s synchronized events at both heights.

Federal Way, which also hosted the diving trials in 2000, was selected by USA Diving, in conjunction with the United States Olympic Committee, over Indianapolis.

"This is great news for Federal Way and the entire Seattle metro area," Gov. Chris Gregoire said. "It means increased tourism for our region. It puts a spotlight on our corner of the world. And, after the state being such a great partner with the Vancouver Olympics, we'll be part of the success of the 2012 London games as well."

The King County Aquatic Center is no stranger to hosting national and international events. It was constructed to host the swimming and diving portions of the 1990 Goodwill Games and has since been the home to more than 50 competitions annually.

"You couldn't find a community that would offer a warmer welcome to the athletes, their supporters and fans." said Federal Way Mayor Linda Kochmar.

USA Diving will partner with the Seattle Sports Commission, the City of Federal Way and King County Parks and Recreation to host the event.

"It was a difficult decision," said Debbie Hesse, President and CEO of USA Diving. "We're delighted to come back to Seattle, and we look forward to a great partnership with the community, fans and sponsors. This could be one of the most exciting and competitive Trials we've had, given the current depth and recent success of our athletes."

"We are excited about our strong partnership with Seattle Sports Commission and Federal Way," said King County Executive Dow Constantine. "This gives us the opportunity to provide a world-class facility for the best divers in the country to compete for a spot representing our country in the Olympics. We’re honored."

NBC owns broadcast rights for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials giving this event and the Puget Sound region national media exposure.

"As a region, we are thrilled to participate in the Olympic movement as our athletes prepare for London," said Ralph Morton, Executive Director for the Seattle Sports Commission.

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