Fran Crippen To Be Honored In New York City

Fran Crippen To Be Honored In New York City

Fran Crippen, the world-class swimmer and dynamic role model of American swimming, was posthumously inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame after his tragic death during a professional marathon swim.

The 26-year-old was the emotional and inspirational leader of the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team and the most dynamic personality on the professional marathon swimming circuit that began after his successful transition from a successful pool career.

As part of the Global Open Water Swimming Conference in New York City, Fran will be honored with the other members of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame‘s Class of 2010/2011 on June 19th.

During Fran’s rapid rise to the top echelon of professional marathon swimming, he became a personable ambassador of the sport as his love of the sport was always passionately shared with fans, the media, his teammates – and his rivals. The stories among the athletes about Fran are imbued with deep sadness, a heartfelt respect and a joy of knowing him as a friend and athlete.

At the time of his tragic death, he was second in the overall point standings on his first full season on the FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup professional circuit. He won six national titles in America, two FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup titles, a bronze in the 2009 World Swimming Championships 10K, a gold in the 2007 Pan American Games 10K, a silver in the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships 10K and finished fourth in the 2010 World Swimming Championships 10K in a career that was unfortunately cut short.

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