Death Race 2008

For the first time in more than a century, the Summer Games will feature a long-distance open-water swim.

Open water — in Beijing? Ick.

It will take place in a lake-like rowing basin built especially for the Games.


Open-water swimming features disqualifications for rough-housing. But police can't always see what happens below the surface.


"It's common for someone to come out of the water with bruises or a black eye. Swimmers will lather grease on their ankles to keep competitors from pulling on them." [source]

It's like Black Friday in freshwater! Shame that NBC will probably relegate the event to late night or mun2.