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Officials Investigate What Caused Olympian To Drown In Scottsdale

Investigators are determining what caused a 2016 Olympic athlete to drown in 6 feet of water.

Investigators aren’t sure if 31-year-old Olympic runner David Torrence was swimming late Sunday night or taking a dip Monday morning when he drowned in a Scottsdale condominium pool.

The U.S. record holder and 2015 Pan American Champion was in town training.

Lori Schmidt with the Arizona Drowning Prevention Coalition says he is the 30th adult to drown in the Valley this year, double the amount of children killed in water related incidents.

"All of us have the risk of drowning. The biggest thing that can reduce the risk of drowning, not swimming by ourselves," Schmidt said.

Schmidt says even at the highest level of fitness, there are many factors that can cause an adult to drown.

“It is not uncommon for individuals who have been working out very hard and jump in the pool and experience some kind of cardiac issues," Schmidt said.

The Medical Examiner will ultimately determine whether alcohol, medication, heat exhaustion, or something else caused the elite runner to submerge.
 

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Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.