The Critical 'I'

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Tuesday, October 15, 2002

A French woman who recently died trying to break the world record for free diving will go down as the official record-holder. Normally, such an attempt is recognized as a record only if the diver resurfaces safely, but the sanctioning body is waiving that rule here.

Forgive me for sounding crass, but shouldn't a basic requirement for setting a world record be that you live through the experience? Any idiot can try to, say, long jump over the Grand Canyon and plummet to his death. Does that mean that moron should go into a record book as holding the record for best attempt? I understand the sympathy factor for the diver, but come on.