Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Privilege of Representing One's Country

Shannon Gillespy, the USA Open Water National Team Manager, provided us with the following first-hand report from Italy:

"Wow, today was an exciting day for USA Open Water Swimming Team here in Ostia. To start our morning, our 10K women did a great job in their first international and world championship races."

"Emily Brunemann and Eva Fabian finished 24th and 26th respectfully in a hard fought battle in the Tyrannian Sea. Both ladies commented on how rough the competition was."

"Later, the USA men, Fran Crippen and Andrew Gemmell set off on a trek to a top-three finish. Andrew swam to a fantastic silver medal in his first World Championships."

"Also, at his first World Championships, Fran Crippen fought his way to the bronze medal. 'USA goes 2-3 in the 10K' was the first time the USA had received 2 medals in this event, although American women won a silver and bronze in the 1991 25K world championships."

"This trip is also my first international and world championship trip and, as the team manager, I have to say it is truly a privledge to represent the United States of America! We have two races left: the men's and women's 25K and if the past few days are any idea of what might happen, I am sitting on the edge of my seat!"

Photo of the entrance of the Open Water Village in Ostia Beach.

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