Olympic pool brings much-needed facility to UK

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Associated Press

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM

LONDON (AP) — From the outside, it's a flying saucer with wings. And inside, the underbelly of a whale.

Or perhaps even a stingray, if you ask the man who oversaw its construction.

The Olympic Aquatics Centre is like nothing England has seen for its elite swimmers and divers. The pools even change depths, thanks to moving floors.

Four-time Olympian Peter Waterfield, partner of British teen sensation Tom Daley, left London more than a decade ago and headed south to Southampton to train at better facilities. But others won't be forced to follow suit.

With Daley the face of the future and a top-notch venue now available to the masses, Britain's diving program hopes it can take off.

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