OMAHA, Neb. -- As a young man, Michael Phelps dreamed of the day he would, in his words, change the sport of swimming in America.
He wanted to revolutionize it, drag it into the mainstream and elevate the sport's profile beyond what once seemed possible.
U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials Today-next Sunday, Qwest Center, Omaha, Neb.
AT A GLANCE
What: U.S. Olympic swimming trials
Where: Qwest Center, Omaha, Neb.
When: Today-next Sunday
Tentative events for Phelps: 100- and 200-meter freestyles, 200 and 400 individual medleys, 100 and 200 backstrokes, and 100 and 200 butterflies
Tentative events for Hoff: 200 backstroke, 200 individual medley and 400 IM and the 100, 200, 400 and 800 freestyles
TV: Today, 8-9 p.m., chs. 11, 4; tomorrow-Thursday, 8-9 p.m., USA;Friday-July 6, 8-9 p.m., chs. 11, 4
Making the team: The top swimmer in each event earns a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, which will take 26 men and 26 women to Beijing. The swimmer who finishes second in each event will most likely make the Olympic team, although the athlete's official selection is made by the U.S. Olympic committee.
Strokes: Athletes compete in four disciplines - butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle. There are no relay events at the U.S. trials.