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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-23-10, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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US Swim Team Member Dies During Race

Wow. Only 26!!

U.S. swimmer dies during event in United Arab Emirates -

CNN) -- A 26-year-old member of the U.S. national swimming team died Saturday during an open-water race in the United Arab Emirates, according to event officials.

Fran Crippen died during the last leg of the 10-kilometer Marathon Swimming World Cup in Fujairah, said the International Swimming Federation, or FINA.

The cause of death is under investigation, FINA said. Swimming World magazine reported that Crippen fell unconscious during the event and was found by deep-sea divers two hours later near the race's final buoy.

The U.S. Olympic Committee issued a statement Saturday saying it was "extremely saddened" to learn of Crippen's death.

"We send our condolences and deepest sympathies to the Crippen family as well as to our entire swimming community," the USOC statement said. "While details of this tragedy are still forthcoming, we shall keep this outstanding young athlete and his family in our thoughts and prayers."

Crippen won bronze in the 10-kilometer event at the 2009 FINA World Championships and was the gold medalist in the same event at the 2007 Pan American Games, according to USA Swimming.

Crippen of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, was inspired to take up swimming at age 6 after watching older sister Maddy Crippen compete. Maddy Crippen was a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, according to USA Swimming.

Crippen graduated in 2006 from the University of Virginia, where he was twice named Atlantic Coast Conference Swimmer of the Year.
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On something like that, you'd think they'd have a way to track those guys, or someone actually watching them.

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Well I don't know how it was there, but the open water races in Canada, each swimmer has somebody in a little boat following them.

It's a sad news

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Wow that's sad... with today's technology you'd think each swimmer would be wearing some kind of device that monitors their progress... esp if they are stopped.

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Winner slams race conditions after swimmer's death - Yahoo! Sports

i'll quote only the highlights. its a really long article:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP)—The president of FINA said Sunday that “overexertion” led to the death of U.S. national team swimmer Fran Crippen at a race in the United Arab Emirates and that swimming’s governing body has launched an investigation into the tragedy.

The 26-year-old Crippen died Saturday while competing in the FINA Open Water 10-kilometer World Cup at Fujairah, east of Dubai. He failed to finish and was found in the water two hours later, organizers said.
All safety measures were in place including lifeguards, boats and divers, Saad said, and that FINA had signed off on everything before the race started.

“We are sorry that the guy died but what can we do. This guy was tired and he pushed himself a lot,” Saad said. “He went down 400 meters before the finish line.”

Usually at open water races of this level, a boat follows the last swimmer on the course.

Lurz insisted temperatures must have been above 30 C (86 F) and that several swimmers suffered due to the heat. He said he talked to many swimmers who complained of swollen limbs, water loss and said he saw several who had become confused following their race.

Swimmers were the first to respond when Crippen failed to arrive at the finish. Several returned to the water to search for him and were soon followed by police and coast guard divers. Crippen’s body was found just before the last buoy on the 2-kilometer triangular course, race organizers said.

“It was unacceptable that swimmers were searching for another swimmer. That is horrible,” Lurz said. “Swimmers go under water in seconds. There need to be more boats, jet skis, canoes who can take care of every swimmer.”

Lurz and Maurer blamed organizers for allegedly failing to provide enough boats to monitor the swimmers.

“There were not enough lifeguards and there were not enough boats,” Maurer said. “There were no jet skis or boats leading the women. I never saw a leading boat. I never saw a rescue boat. I saw nothing.”

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400 meters doesn't sound like very far, but in swimming that's an eternity. I'm just surprised he literally pushed himself until his body gave out.

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wow this is really sad.. you'd think at the level these guys are at that they'd bring their own like "help boat" or whatever they're called... I mean simply as a just in case measure.
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