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The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open on 25 July 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The 2015 Games will feature competitions in aquatics including openwater swimming, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports involving 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world.
Open Water Swimming will be held at Alamitos Beach in Long Beach.
Open water swimming debuted at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece as a demonstration sport. Open water swimming involves swimming in rivers, lakes, seas or the ocean, where deep water, lack of lane markings, waves, currents, wind and other natural elements test the swimmer.