Olympian found dead in swimming pool


Kevin Morris

David Torrence, of Malibu, California, sprints down Francis Street to beat Dan Huling of Portland, Oregon by three seconds in a time of 13:56 and win the USATF 5K Road Championship and a cool $5000.

Kaylee Bowman , Reporter

David Torrence, Olympic runner, was found dead at the bottom of a swimming in Scottsdale, Arizona. Firefighters arrived at the scene around 7:30am and removed his body from the pool in the condominium complex. They suspected no foul play, but the 31 year old’s death is being investigated by local medical examiners.

Torrence was a long distance runner in the track events. He competed for Peru, his mother’s home country, in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. He set the national record in the 5,000 meter event with a time of 13:23.20. Also this year he set a national record for the mile with a time of 3:52.21.

Torrence was originally a runner at Cal-Berkeley before winning the 2009 U.S. indoor championships in the 3,000 meter event. Afterwards he signed a professional contract with Nike and went on to win many U.S. titles. His record still stands for the 1,000 meter indoor race, which he ran in 2014.

Gabriele Grunewald tweeted, “This is how I’ll remember you, @David_Torrence. Always smiling. Always winning. Always a wonderful & genuine friend.”

“No one was more dedicated to their running than @David_Torrence. He got 100% out of himself every day. So so sad to hear of his passing,” wrote Nick Willis.

“Such sad news. When I think of David Torrence he’s smiling, brightening a room, passionately chasing down dreams, being a force for good💜RIP,” tweeted Molly Huddle.

These are just a few of the many people that Torrence will be missed by. He will be remembered for his determined attitude and sweet nature.

The HOKA Long Island Mile announced that on September 6. the race will be named after Torrence in remembrance of him. He had won that specific two years in a row and was planning on taking the title for the third time this year.