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Fran Crippen - 1984 - 2010

Posted by Glenn Mills on Oct 23, 2010 07:24PM

It's with extreme sadness that we report our great friend and champion Fran Crippen has passed away during a 10K open water race.

We won't speculate at this time any news, as both Barbara and I are traveling, we can only pass along the news, as well as the link to Swimming World Magazine.

In Fran's honor, I'll be posting some of his interviews from the video we were so blessed to be allowed to produce.  He was one of the most humble, accommodating, and wonderful individuals I've ever had the pleasure of working with.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wonderful family and tremendous circle of friends.  The entire swimming community is hurting tonight.  We'll miss him very much.

Read the Swimming World Magazine report here.






Archived Comments

Responded Oct 23, 2010 11:52PM

All hearts go out to Fran's family and friends. He was a blessing to the world.

Responded Oct 24, 2010 12:45AM

Fran was an amazing man. He coached my daughter at the Mission Viejo Nadadores. I am so saddened by the loss of such a wonderful man. He was a passionate competitor and humble person. Fran always made time for the kids he coached and for anyone who approached him. He help out with the Masters program and inspired all who came in contact with him. My heart felt prayers are with all his family and friends. The swimming world lost a true champion of the sport but more so we lost a great man.

Responded Oct 24, 2010 12:56AM

Swim your next workout for Fran. Feel the water for Fran. Pull hard, kick hard for Fran. Reach deep and compete hard in memory of Fran. Leave it all in the water...for Fran.

Responded Oct 24, 2010 07:01AM

Have a 200IM today...I'll do my most ....for Farn,......

Responded Oct 24, 2010 08:16AM

He was an inspiration!

Responded Oct 24, 2010 08:55AM

I am so sad to read about that :( My condolence to his family and friends!

Responded Oct 24, 2010 05:54PM

HEROS NEVER DIE , THE SPIRIT OF FRAN WILL BE WITH EVERY SWIMMER IN ALL OVER THE WORLD , TELL THEM THE MEANING OF CHAMPIONS , NO FRAN , YOU WILL NOT GO , YOU ARE IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS , YOU STILL YOUNG , AND YOU WILL LIVE AMONG US AS YOUNG FOR EVER

Responded Oct 24, 2010 07:40PM

I'm in total shock!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't believe it. Love and thoughts to all his family and many friends.

Responded Oct 25, 2010 05:03AM

I thought about Fran and his family today during my ocean swim at Venice Beach, CA. Again, so sad.

Responded Oct 25, 2010 05:32PM

Oh God.. FINA should forbid races in 30+ C degrees waters.


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