By Jim Thomas (Originally posted on ocregister.com)
Longtime Long Beach-based diving coach Debby McCormick is confused and alarmed by what is, at the very least, a delay in implementing a plan to build a state-of-the-art aquatics facility to replace the condemned Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.
Long Beach Councilman Gary DeLong, who spearheaded the planned project that was approved unanimously by the City Council on Feb. 12, 2013, is frustrated and worried the city will waste a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
All-time great U.S. diver Greg Louganis, who did some of his training in Long Beach during his glorious career, can’t really understand what the holdup is, either, saying construction of a facility that will bring national and international events to Long Beach is “a no-brainer.”
The source of their concern is the city’s apparent decision to rethink the project – or at least modify it – because of a dramatic increase in costs, from an estimated $60 million to $100 million and possibly more. For that reason, there will be a special study session at 4 p.m. Tuesday before a regularly scheduled City Council meeting.
(Continue reading at ocregister.com here)
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Tagged Belmont, CIF-SS, Debby, diving, Glenn McCormick, Long Beach, Nationals, NCAA, platform, Sammy Lee, USA, USD
By Jessica Pollack
Will the City of Long Beach take advantage of a ONCE IN A GENERATION opportunity?
When completed in 1968, the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool was the premier aquatics facility in the country and a jewel for the City of Long Beach. Now that the pool has been condemned and is to be rebuilt, the City has a one-time opportunity to once again showcase our beautiful city to the rest of the world.
It is time now for the City of Long Beach to come through with its promise to provide a new world class, state-of-the-art aquatics facility, including a deep water diving pool, to replace the condemned Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, as the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved on February 12, 2013.
In its 45 years of active use from August 1968 through January 2013, the original Belmont pool lauded the finest athletes and coaches in aquatics. The most decorated Long Beach Olympian is a diver. Some have won two Olympic medals and Misty May Treanor has won three, but only one Long Beach aquatics athlete has won four Olympic Gold Medals – Pat McCormick with 4 Olympic Gold Medals in Diving. In addition, several of our local diving, swimming and water polo coaches served multiple times as Olympic coaches.
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Tagged AAU, Belmont, CIF-SS, Debby, FINA, Glenn McCormick, Long Beach, McCormick Divers, Nationals, NCAA, Olympics, platform, Sammy Lee, USA, USD, World Championships
During this year’s 2012 Glenn McCormick Memorial Diving Invitational, Debby was approached by a man that was curious on our event. I never did get the chance to meet this gentleman, but from Debby’s recollection, he was a very nice and cordial and genuinely wanted to know the happenings of us, McCormick Divers, and the meet. Well, a few days later after our meet, I get a link to this story about our divers and Debby from a slightly different perspective. Needless to say, its a short but fine article and make a case for our sport in Long Beach.
So here it is, and enjoy:
Future Olympic and Diving Champs Being Trained in California @ SeeCalifornia.com
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Tagged 1 meter, 3 meter, AAU, Belmont, Debby, diving, Glenn McCormick, Long Beach, McCormick, McCormick Divers, Olympics, USA, USD