July 18, 2013 |
FORMER 100-METER world-recordholder Asafa Powell, Jamaican teammate Sherone Simpson and their trainer were formally placed under criminal investigation for violating Italy's doping laws, police said yesterday. The move came a day after Italian police confiscated unidentified substances in a raid on the hotel where the three were staying in the northeastern town of Lignano Sabbiadoro, following the athletes' positive tests for banned stimulants. Prosecutors believe the three violated Article 9 of the doping laws, which calls for punishment for anyone who administers or consumes banned substances.
August 11, 2012 |
LONDON - Pat Crippen sent an e-mail earlier this week to one of her "kids" swimming in the Olympics. Alex Meyer responded by calling her and her husband, Pete, at their Conshohocken home the night before finishing 10th Friday in open-water swimming at the London Games. "I was so happy that we were able to connect," Pat Crippen said. "It's always great to tell your kids, whether they're your own or the ones that you love, that you do love them, and it doesn't matter where they finish.
August 10, 2012 |
In a furious sprint to the finish, Hungary's Eva Risztov held off Haley Anderson of the United States by a hand to win the gold medal in the women's 10K marathon swim at Serpentine Lake. Anderson was right on Risztov's left shoulder coming to the line but couldn't overtake her. The American stuck up her left hand to nick the pad four-tenths of a second behind the winner, also slapping it with her right hand just to make sure she locked up the silver. "Of course, I'm disappointed that I missed out on gold," said Anderson, whose sister, Alyssa, won a relay gold in the pool.
August 10, 2012 |
At the top of the creaking staircase in the century-old home on Eighth Avenue in Conshohocken, the front bedroom - Fran Crippen's room - is quiet. Spread across it are reminders, trappings of what was. A children's book about Geronimo. A little boy's cowboy boots. Collegiate swimming championship rings. Three USA Swimming "Open Water Swimmer of the Year" plaques. In open-water swimming, this second Friday of these Olympic Games was going to be Fran Crippen's day. He was determined to make the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.
June 29, 2012 |
OMAHA, Neb. - The first dive into the water and the first strokes Teresa Crippen took while wrapping her head and her heart around the news in October 2010 that her brother Fran had died in an open-water swimming race were the hardest. Stepping up to the blocks at this week's swimming trials? Easier - but not, by any means, easy. "I don't think there's another athlete in this building who has suffered that loss through swimming," said Dick Shoulberg, who coached all four Crippen siblings at Germantown Academy.
April 27, 2012 |
The long-distance runner is famously lonely. The long-distance swimmer is not only lonely but often afraid. Sometimes it's just the swimmer and a vast ocean. No competitors in sight. No comforting landmarks or safe harbors. No noise. Nothing but the waves to disrupt the solace, the fear. When Fran Crippen introduced him to open-water swimming a few years ago, Arthur Frayler "freaked out. " As they swam alone in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida, the youngster wouldn't let his mentor get more than a few feet away.
January 13, 2012 |
A year ago, Germantown Academy swim coach Dick Shoulberg told then-junior Arthur Frayler that he was going to give Frayler only two chances to beat Fran Crippen's school record of 4 minutes, 25.9 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle. Frayler, who usually swims shorter distances, had his first chance three weeks ago, and he tied Crippen's record. Told he had one more chance, Frayler said he didn't want to do it, in respect to Crippen. Crippen, a 2002 GA graduate, died in an open-water swim in October 2010 in the United Arab Emirates.
January 12, 2012 |
A year ago, Germantown Academy swim coach Dick Shoulberg told then-junior Arthur Frayler that he was going to give Frayler only two chances to beat Fran Crippen's school record of 4 minutes, 25.9 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle. Frayler, who usually swims shorter distances, had his first chance three weeks ago, and he tied Crippen's record. Told he had one more chance, Frayler said he didn't want to do it in respect to Crippen. Crippen, a 2002 GA graduate, died in an open water swim in October 2010 in the United Arab Emirates.
October 23, 2011 |
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - After nearly two hours in the Pacific Ocean, it all came down to a fraction of a second for Arthur Frayler on Saturday. And for the 17-year-old from Ambler, those three-tenths of a second cost him a gold medal in the 10-kilometer open-water swim at the Pan American Games. "It was a battle for first," said Frayler, a senior at Germantown Academy. "That's all it was, really. " Canada's Richard Weinberger edged Frayler to the line in the 6.2-mile race off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, winning the gold medal in 1 hour, 57 minutes, 31 seconds.
August 3, 2011 |
AT THEIR wedding next month, Brett Condon and Rob Zahorchak should dance to "What a Difference a Day Made. " Because 24 little hours was all it took for their nuptial plans to go from a smooth cruise to a shipwreck. And one day is all it took for the boat to sail again. Readers will recall my column last week about Brett and Rob, who were to wed Sept. 24 aboard the Philadelphia Belle, the Penn's Landing paddle-wheeler that abruptly ceased operations on July 21. They were told not to expect a refund of the $18,998 they'd paid for their wedding, and they had no time or money to plan a new one. But after my call to Belle management, their luck turned.