Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Prior to the RCP Tiburon Mile from Angel Island to the mainland city of Tiburon in San Francisco Bay, 2008 Olympic silver medalist Keri-Anne Payne of Great Britain had a few words to say about the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 10 km marathon swimming venue on Copacabana Beach

And her lasting impression was nothing but positive.

I loved [the Olympics] and I didn’t have one bad thing to say about Rio. My race was in Copacabana and I could have not had a better race venue.”

From what we have read and discussed with the athletes in Rio, their first-hand experience in Copacabana Beach and the dire predictions and assumptions by the American media were as different as a gold medal and a disqualification.

The San Francisco Bay television interview with Payne is posted here.

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