A trio of world and Olympic cham­pion


British Golden Globe Race sailor

Susie Goodall was plucked from a stormy South­ern Ocean by a Chi­nese ship on De­cem­ber 7, a day af­ter her yacht was dis­masted, res­cuers told AFP. Goodall “was res­cued at 1500 GMT and is al­ready on the ship head­ing to Punta Are­nas,” in south­ern Chile, the coun­try’s Mar­itime Res­cue Ser­vices said. A photo tweeted by res­cuers showed Goodall, her head wrapped in a ban­dana, be­ing winched above the waves and aboard the Hong Kong­flagged ves­sel Tian Fu. “Susie is on the ship !!!! Wowowow! Mes­sage just re­ceived from Susie Goodall,” the Golden Globe Race or­gan­is­ers an­nounced on their web­site. “This is fan­tas­tic news in­deed... well done Susie too,” they said. The youngest com­peti­tor in the race and the only woman, 29­year­old Goodall was briefly knocked un­con­scious when moun­tain­ous seas up­ended her yacht DHL Starlight early on De­cem­ber 6, tear­ing off its mast and trash­ing much of her equip­ment. Goodall had man­aged to get her en­gine run­ning but it failed af­ter just 20 min­utes, com­pli­cat­ing res­cue ef­forts as Chilean au­thor­i­ties di­verted the Tian Fu to the area. swim­mers has sued swim­ming’s world gov­ern­ing body FINA in a US court in San Fran­cisco over its crack­down on NON­FINA ap­proved events. Hun­gar­ian Katinka Hosszu and Amer­i­cans Tom Shields and Michael An­drews filed the class­ac­tion anti­trust law­suit on Fri­day af­ter Swiss­based FINA ef­fec­tively shut down an in­de­pen­dent meet­ing in Italy, threat­en­ing to ban elite swim­mers who took part from Olympic com­pe­ti­tion. The meet­ing, sched­uled for late De­cem­ber in Turin, Italy, was co­or­di­nated by or­gan­is­ers of a pro­posed In­ter­na­tional Swim­ming League that would op­er­ate out­side FINA’S con­trol and pay higher prize money. Shields, an Olympic gold medal­list, said he joined the law­suit be­cause he had dreamed for years of see­ing swim­ming ex­pand to in­clude a pro­fes­sional league. “We are closer now than ever be­fore to mak­ing that dream come true,” Shields said. “But that dream is be­ing blocked by FINA.” At­tor­neys for the plain­tiffs say the swim­mers “be­lieve a pro­fes­sional league that will com­pen­sate its best ath­letes and bet­ter re­ward them for a life­time's worth of hard train­ing and sac­ri­fice is long over­due.” The lawyers said that the In­ter­na­tional Swim­ming League had filed a sep­a­rate law­suit against FINA for its al­leged “anti­com­pet­i­tive con­duct.”

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