Meyer will compete for more than himself at the 2012 London Olympics (USA Swimming).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With the 2012 London Olympic Games just days away, Alex Meyer '10 has been a fixture in the national media as both a medal hopeful and source of inspiration. The former Ivy League champion and All-American at Harvard will compete in the 10k open water event in the Serpentine in Hyde Park on August 10, but his journey to London is where the story truly lies.
"Fran Crippen had a laugh that could brighten a room, one as hearty and exuberant as his personality. The University of Virginia distance swimming standout was the type to go out of his way to greet an acquaintance, the kind to think of others first. He was an intense competitor in the water, but a bucket of laughs on dry land. A rising star of the U.S. Open Water Swimming program, he was a six-time national champion in the 10K and a bronze medalist at the 2009 worlds. But on Oct. 23, 2010, on a sweltering Saturday off the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, the 26-year-old Crippen dove into the water in a 10K race and never made it back to shore alive. His death hit the tight-knit swimming community like a tidal wave. It hit Meyer even harder."
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More of Alex Meyer '10 on the Web
London Calling: Head Men's Swimming Coach Tim Murphy Blogs About Olympic Experience – GoCrimson.com
With Games approaching, Crippen is never far from Meyer's thoughts – Sports Illustrated
Alex Meyer swimming with a purpose – ESPN.com
Marathon Man – Grantland.com
Conquering the Open Water - The Crimson
Olympic Inspiration - BostonBruins.com
7 athletes who could carry the U.S. flag - NBCOlympics.com
Alex Meyer focusing on the open water of Olympics - BostonGlobe.com
Swimming for gold - NECN.com
U.S. marathon swimmer Alex Meyer relishes competing in the grueling event – WashingtonPost.com