PHOENIX, Arizona, October 23. TODAY marks the two-year anniversary of Fran Crippen's untimely death in an open water race in the United Arab Emirates. Friends and admirers of Crippen took to Twitter today to express their thoughts and memories of meeting Crippen, including teammate Chloe Sutton, who called Crippen “an amazing athlete, leader, coach, friend, inspiration.” Alex Meyer, who was one of the people who discovered that Crippen had not finished that race in 2010 and returned to the 88-degree water to find his body, continues to work tirelessly for open water reform, including mandating a maximum water temperature, which FINA has not yet made. The Crippen family has created the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation at francrippen.org to continue his legacy of pursue dreams in the midst of high levels of sportsmanship.
Ranomi Kromowidjojo confirmed to Swimming World yesterday that she's taking the remainder of 2012 to prepare for next summer's world championships. That means we won't see the Dutch Olympic champion defend her 50 freestyle short course world title this December. After winning the 50 and 100 freestyles in London, Kromowidjojo took time away from the pool and has now gotten back into training.