Jesus Take The Wheel: 26-Year-Old US Swimmer Dies During 10K Open Water Race In Dubai

- By Bossip Staff


Fran Crippen, a medal-winning open-water swimmer on the U.S. national team, told his coach he wasn’t feeling well late in a race before he died in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday. The 26-year-old from a family of prominent swimmers in suburban Philadelphia was competing in the FINA Open Water 10-kilometer World Cup in Fujairah, south of Dubai, but failed to finish and was found in the water two hours later, according to Swimming World.

The magazine said the water temperature was in the mid- to high-80s, and several swimmers were treated for heat exhaustion after the race. Swimmers were the first to respond when Crippen failed to arrive at the finish. Several returned to the water to search for him and were soon followed by a dive team. Crippen’s body was found just before the last buoy on the 2-kilometer triangular course, race organizers said.

He was rushed to shore and transported to Fujairah Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. FINA President Julio Maglione of Uruguay said he was told that after eight kilometers Crippen told his coach that he wasn’t feeling well. “He continued and he was found in the deep of the water,” Maglione said from Acapulco, Mexico, where he was attending Olympic meetings.

Crippen’s family is well-known in the swimming world. Maddy Crippen swam for Villanova and competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Claire Crippen was an NCAA All-American at Virginia, and Teresa Crippen currently swims for the University of Florida and is a member of the U.S. national team

“He was our hero,” said Maddy Crippen, reached at her parents’ home in Conshohocken. “We loved him very much, and we’ll all miss him.”

So sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.


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  • divalious

    if he wasnt feelin well, the coach she made him go home, better yet he shouldve just left. Sad hate he died so young. Rip

  • divalious

    if he wasnt feelin well, the coach she made him go home, better yet he shouldve just left. Sad hate he died so young. Rip y did they it took two hours to find him.

  • Hannibal


    • HA

      r u serious?

  • stop whining

    gebb you racist piece of shyt! thats you you nyggers get treated the way you do. close your mouth.

  • Sabrina The Teenage Bytch

    @stop whining

    Black people get treated harshly because of their race, it has nothing to do with our actions.

    lastly gtfo of a black gossip site if you don’t like whats being said here.

    Anyway R.I.P to this man. Hopefully his family is able to heal on this difficult time.

  • N1GIRL

    what’s up with the racist comments, c’mon the guy is dead, if u don’t care why do u even take th etime to comment. sometimes black people can be very ignorant and this is coming from a black person.

  • Mabel

    RIP Fran

  • Sabrina The Teenage Bytch

    My comment is only “dumb” because you disagree with a opinion that differs from yours.

    Do yourself a favor and move out of your trailer park dump.

  • E.C. from D.C.

    What was wrong with him? D@mn he’s only 2 yrs older than me…. this is sad.

  • Jay

    Very interesting in biking they have a car following behind them, and all they have to do is worry about falling on the asphalt. These guys are swimming a 10K, with nobody following behind them to make sure this doesn’t happen. What kind of sense does that make?

  • berrygirlfinn

    This is so sad he was so so young…He should have opted out if he felt that bad..this was not worth his life.

  • Candid Canuck

    was hoping it wasnt Michael Phelps.. but RIP condolences

  • verl

    Swimming is something EVERYONE should know how to do, just like reading. Sign up at your neighborhood “Y” and learn!!

  • WTF

    WOW.. Ignorance is bliss…You must be a happy M-F’er!

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