Iconic Pools: The Olympic Swimming Complex at Prospekt Mira in Moscow

In 1979, the Olympic Swimming Complex at Prospekt Mira in Moscow opened its doors. The complex’s three indoor pools hosted the swimming and diving events at the Olympic games the following year. It was a fast pool: for the first time ever, Vladimir Salnikov clocked the 1.500m free under 15minutes!

Many people will also well remember the annual Russian Swimming Championships in the complex that impressed with a futuristic design.

I had a great time at those pools in 2018-2019 when I trained with a masters swimming team of Vladimir Smirnov, the former head coach of the Russian swimming team at the 1996 Olympic summer games.

Since 2020 the Complex undergoes a fundamental reconstruction as pictured below. Looking forward for a brand new pool in the future!