Olympic pool arrives in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - It's no small feat moving an Olympic-sized pool across the country. The pool used during the U.S. Olympic trials in 2008 arrived at its new home in Chesterfield Monday from Omaha, Nebraska.

Nine world records were set in this pool during the tryouts for the US Olympic team before the Beijing Olympics. Competitive swimmers travel all over for meets and when this pool opens up in February, many of those swimmers could be coming to Chesterfield.

Olympic greats like Michael Phelps competed in this same pool and soon many local swimmers will do the same. Melissa Ladd's daughter Hailey is a competitive swimmer and will be one of many local swimmers who will train in this pool.

"We'll have the Olympic trial pool," Ladd said. "The status of the fastest pool in the world, the Myrtha pool and everyone is going to want to swim in our pool."

Melissa and her daughter travel all over the mid-Atlantic for swim meets.

"Probably an average meet is a good $600-700 for two days, hotel, gas, food, T-shirts and everything you get talked into at the meets," she said.

That kind of money is a big reason why local officials are excited to have this pool in their backyard. Chesterfield Board of Supervisors member Jim Holland says this pool will bring in about $3 million in business.

"It's an economic driver no doubt," Holland said. "What it does is attract people, which will attract dollars that will be investments for other businesses to be spurned and to grow."

It's not just money coming from outside the county. The new pool will allow local swimmers to spend their money closer to home as well.

"It'll be really nice to go home at night and jump into our own bed," Ladd said.

All total this aquatics facility will cost $15 million to construct. The Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership is paying for the construction and so far has raised about$4 million.

The indoor facility will have three pools for competitions and classes. Construction is already underway off Route 10 and the Chippenham Parkway.

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