Even Michael Phelps & Olympic Swimmers Can Count On Lifeguards [PHOTO]
During peak training times, Olympic swimmers, including Michael Phelps, swim at least 80,000 meters a week, equivalent to the distance of 50 miles. Believe it or not, those same professional athletes who spend more time swimming in a given month than the average Joe does in a lifetime, still need a few trusty lifeguards.
The Olympic swim trials, set to begin June 25, will feature 40 to 50 professional lifeguards watching over the impressive groups of swimmers. The Red Cross certified watchers of the water will be prepared if something happens such as a collision during the backstroke or a sharp flip turn that could go painful as swimmers begin their next lap.
It may seem unnecessary for lifeguards to patrol the water. Nonetheless, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Who knows, maybe Olympic swimmers are just like us and have the potential to make normal people mistakes.