Olympic Athlete Found Dead in a Pool

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August 29, 2017Aug 29, 2017

On Monday morning, Olympic runner David Torrence passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona, reports AZ Central. The Scottsdale police reported that Torrance was found drowned in a swimming pool at 7:30 am. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His death is still under investigation. It's unclear what caused it, but police have ruled out foul play. 

Torrence, 31, who competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, was in Arizona to train. The University of California-Berkeley alum originally ran for the United States Olympic Team and he was the No. 2 U.S. runner in the 1500M, but he ended up running for Peru in the 2016 Olympics. Torrence's mother is from Peru, and he had dual citizenship. 

In June, Torrence set national records for Peru. He ran the mile in 3 minutes, 53.21 seconds, and he ran the 1,500-meter race in 3 minutes, 34.67 seconds. 

Torrence was popular in the running community, and his unexpected death has caused an outpouring of sorrow. His friend, Kyle Merber, tweeted out his sorrow at the loss. 

He wrote, "Today, we lost an amazing athlete and an even greater friend." 

https://twitter.com/TheRealMerb/status/902331042761244672

He also said that the Hoka One One Long Island Mile men's race, which Torrence had won two years in a row, will be renamed after him.

https://twitter.com/TheRealMerb/status/902334717525184512

One running site, FloTrack, said Torrence "never ceased to inspire the running community with his athleticism, enthusiasm and compassion." They added, that he was "by far one of the kindest athletes our staff had the honor of working with over the years."

Torrence was also known for speaking his mind—even when that meant denouncing performance-enhancing drugs. NPR says he reportedly played a role in an anti-doping investigation last summer. He was outspoken about how he thought runners should be treated if they get caught doping. 

Torrence was also known for emphasizing the value of hard work. In a 2013 interview, he revealed to Runners World how his coach would encourage him to continue to push himself: 

"My coach would tell me during particularly hard workouts, 'This last repeat isn't about getting into shape; this is about becoming a man. Twenty years from now, you may be tired after a day of work and not want to talk to your wife or play with your kids or pay your bills, but you have to suck it up and learn how to get it done.'"

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