Fran Crippen 10K Open Water Champion

Fran Crippen has been swimming in open water for more than two decades. After an illustrious career in the pool (2-time USA National Champion in the 800-meter freestyle), Fran turned to open-water racing and achieved instant success.  In his first-ever open-water race (2006 Pan Pacific Championships), Fran won a silver medal in the 10K.  In 2007, he was the Pan Am Games gold medalist in the 10K, and in 2009 he captured a bronze medal in the 10K World Championships. He has won four additional USA National Championships at the 5K and 10K open-water distances. Tragically Fran died in 2010 when he succumbed to heat exhaustion during a race in United Arab Emirates.

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