noone wrote:I personally think the best way to make the Olympics a bit smaller is to reduce the number of similar events:
In swimming, it is not unusual to see the same athlete win the 50m, 100m and 200m free, the various relays, and sometimes the butterfly which seems to call for a similar skill set.
I agree that there are too many similar events in some sports (and that includes T&F as well IMO). But cutting a few swimming events would not reduce the number of athletes a whole lot, since as you observed, a lot of swimmers compete in several events, so they would still be there if some of those were cut.
Now that NBC has found that some USA dude or gal winning a gazillion medals is the path to NBC viewership glory, I think it is pretty unlikely Swimming will lose any events.
Also the sponsor like it too, I would bet.