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October 25, 2010 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
FRAN CRIPPEN always got a thrill standing behind the starting blocks of a swim meet and hearing the words "United States" after his name was announced. Whether it was in Italy, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Australia, Canada or wherever else he represented his country during his stellar swimming career, Fran was proud to hear his country's name behind his. Loyalty to his country, loyalty to his schools, loyalty to his family - this was one of the traits that his sister Maddy used to describe her brother.
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August 11, 2012 | By Vicki Michaelis, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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August 10, 2012 | By J. Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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.
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April 27, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
August 10, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
SPORTS
April 14, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nearly six months after Conshohocken swimmer Fran Crippen died during an open-water event in the United Arab Emirates, a USA Swimming committee Wednesday recommended stricter new guidelines for such events. Crippen, 26, died on Oct. 23, apparently from heat exhaustion, during a 10-kilometer race in water that fellow swimmers complained was too hot. The five-member panel, chaired by former International Olympic Committee vice president Dick Pound, called for limits on water temperatures.
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April 14, 2011 | Associated Press
Without the cooperation of the world governing body, USA Swimming is pressing forward with proposals that would place limits on water temperatures and require adequate rescue personnel and other safety improvements at open-water meets after the death of American star Fran Crippen. A five-member panel headed by former International Olympic Committee vice president Dick Pound released its report yesterday, though it couldn't address exactly what happened to Crippen, a Conshohocken native and graduate of Germantown Academy, during a 10-kilometer race in the United Arab Emirates on Oct. 23. That's because FINA, which governs the sport around the world, denied repeated requests for any information related to Crippen's death.
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October 23, 2011 | From Inquirer Wire Services
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.
NEWS
October 23, 2010 | Joseph Tanfani, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fran Crippen, a swimming star at Germantown Academy who returned to world-class competition last year to chase his dream of being an Olympian, died during an open-water race in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday. Crippen, 26, reportedly was struggling late in the 10-kilometer race, held in 100-degree weather, and told a team coach he wasn't feeling well. When he failed to finish, other competitors dove back in to look for him, along with divers. His body was found about two hours later.
SPORTS
April 16, 2011 | Associated Press
GENEVA - A panel investigating the death of open-water swimmer Fran Crippen during an October race in United Arab Emirates said yesterday there is an "urgent need" to improve the sport's safety standards. An independent task force appointed by swimming's governing body following the drowning of the 26-year-old graduate of Germantown Academy and the University of Virginia said some rules were not followed by organizers in Fujairah or race officials. The five-member panel led by Gunnar Werner, a former FINA vice president, challenged the organization's leaders to respond to about 60 recommendations.
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July 18, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
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.
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August 11, 2012 | By Vicki Michaelis, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
SPORTS
August 10, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
August 10, 2012 | By J. Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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.
SPORTS
June 29, 2012 | By Vicki Michaelis, For The Inquirer
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.
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April 27, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 13, 2012 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 12, 2012 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 23, 2011 | From Inquirer Wire Services
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.
NEWS
August 3, 2011 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
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.
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