Worldwide tribute to Fran Crippen

Worldwide tribute to Fran Crippen

On October 30, swimmers and friends-of-swimming around the world visited lakes, oceans, bays, rivers, and man-made pools, and offered a tribute to a great swimmer and (by all accounts) remarkable human being, who passed too soon.

Images from all corners of the globe are collected in these two Facebook albums. The second one is viewable by non-Facebook members, but the first one is somewhat better.

Both are beautiful beyond words.…

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Roberval Recap

Roberval Recap

This past week in Roberval, QC Canada, the best open-water swimmers in the world converged on Lac St-Jean for the FINA World Championships. The contested distances: 5K, 10K, and 25K. Team USA made an impressive showing: Eva Fabian (5K) and Alex Meyer (25K) took gold in dramatic fashion, and Fran Crippen took bronze in the 5K (and 4th in the 10K). Fabian, who kicked my ass ’round-and-’round the Miami Marine Stadium in April, was also co-leading the 10K until she was disqualified for missing the final buoy.

In a sport that has been traditionally dominated by Europeans, the Americans took 2nd in overall points (behind Italy).

For those who missed Steven Munatones’ coverage, here are videos and recaps for each event:…

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This is awesome

This is awesome

This was posted a few days ago on the Daily News of O.W.S. – it’s the finish of the Men’s 10K U.S. National Championship last weekend in Long Beach.

This is why these guys train so hard – to be at this level, you need not only endurance but also speed. After 9,500m at a pace most people can’t hold for 100m, it all comes down to a sprint. The dude nearest the camera (Chip Peterson) is using an 8-beat kick! Simply… awesome.

Steven Munatones’ detailed write-up (including the women’s race) is here. His write-up of the 5K is here.…

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