Earlier in the week, I noticed that my favorite Chinese drug cheating/bodysuit obsessed writer was in the house here in Omaha. From that point on, I knew I had one mission- I had to meet Craig Lord.
My opportunity came tonight when I snuck into the media zone and found him alone banging away at his laptop. As far as I could tell his caps key was completely functional. I said "excuse me" and Craig whipped around. He gave me a broad smile and a firm handshake. He made sure to let me know that he enjoyed the back and forth, and in order to confirm the authenticity of that I asked him for this photo. Craig consented with some trepidation- I had to promise to be nice in this post.
Here's what else I learned in my brief chat with Craig:
1. He also wants to know just how big USA swimming wants this meet to be. 1800 is too big
2. He's really impressed by a domestic meet that can get 14,000 fans
3. He's part of a secret group of shadowy swimming power brokers that rule the sport with an invisible hand*
*possibly not true
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