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She chooses to die...

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Colton, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Colton

    Colton Active Member


    Triathlete dies after bike crash in Santa Barbara

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Barbara Warren, one of the world’s elite endurance athletes in her age group and one-half of a well-known pair of triathlete twins, has died after breaking her neck in a bike crash at the Santa Barbara Triathlon. She was 65.
    Warren, of San Diego, died Tuesday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital when her family told doctors to take her off a ventilator, her twin sister Angelika Drake told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
    Warren crashed her bike on a downhill road about halfway through the 34-mile cycling section of the race on Saturday, race director Joe Coito said.
    Warren was paralyzed from the neck down and was breathing with the aid of the ventilator. Drake said her sister told the family by blinking and nodding that she wanted to die.
    “I talked to her and she nodded over and over and over again. She wanted to leave,” Drake said. “No athlete would like to have a life with only their eyes talking.”
    Warren’s two daughters and her husband Tom were also with her at the hospital when she died.
    Warren won her age group in the 2003 Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii. She competed in the race, the world’s top triathlon, 13 times and finished in the top five in her age group eight times.
    The two sisters alternated riding bikes in the Race Across America, covering 2,983 miles in less than 10 days.
    Warren also competed in a seven-day race across the Sahara Desert, and finished a triple Ironman in France that included a 7.2-mile swim, 336-mile bike ride and 78.6-mile run.
    Warren was well-loved among younger triathletes.
    Michellie Jones, who won a triathlon silver medal in the 2000 Olympics and won the 2006 Ironman World Title, was also a twin who remembered her fondly.
    “She always asked about my sister,” Jones said. “She understood the bond.”
    Warren’s twin said she lay next to her sister as she died.
    “My heart and my soul are gone,” Drake said. “She was everything in my life.”
  2. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    That sucks.
  3. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    thanks for the uplifting story, colton.
  4. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    TP: Sorry, my man.
  5. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    yeeaaaah, you could have said that before i slashed my wrists.
  6. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    TP: I'll throw some Band-Aids your way!
  7. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    I read this on the wire, and she's one of the few triathletes whose name I recognize. So very sad, but I think I'd make the same decision.
  8. ServeItUp

    ServeItUp Active Member

    Idaho, put down some miles for her over the weekend. I'll do the same. RIP, Barbara.
  9. SigR

    SigR Member

    Sad story. Something I was curious about in the article: Is it standard procedure to ask someone after they've just a massive trauma if they want to die? Maybe the article was a little vague, and maybe she had legal documents that had "do not recussitate" language in them, but I'd think generally that a person who just had such an accident is in no condition to make a rational decision on their own life or death. That's not to say that she shouldn't still have a right to make it, or that anyone at anytime shouldn't have a right to seek physician assisted suicide, I just wasn't aware that it was part of the equation when there was a severe injury like paralysis.
  10. luckyducky

    luckyducky Guest

    One of the tri blogs I read is by a gal from the Bay Area who was in this race. She passed Warren very shortly after the crash happened.

    She posted more updates to her blog about Warren as more news came out. If you want the blog addy, PM me, but I won't post it out here.
  11. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Always about Tom. A woman dies and all tom cares about are his wrists.
  12. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    What a coward. No athlete with a fighting spirit would ever make that decision in real life.

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