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2006-01-11 17:48:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two-times Olympic silver medallist Eric Namesnik died Wednesday at a Michigan hospital following an automobile accident last week on an icy road. Namesnik, 35, was in a medically-induced coma in an effort to reduce the swelling around his brain, officials said. "The loss of Eric Namesnik is shocking for the entire swimming community," Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming executive director, said in a statement. "'Snik' represented everything great about the Olympic...

2005-11-14 07:25:35

By Julian Linden SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Olympic and world swimming champion Grant Hackett has pulled out of next year's Commonwealth Games to undergo immediate surgery. Hackett told a news conference in Melbourne on Monday he had agreed to an operation this week to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder. Hackett, unrivalled as the world's best long-distance swimmer, said he was disappointed he would miss the Commonwealth Games for what is a relatively minor operation...

2005-07-31 10:39:02

By Julian Linden MONTREAL (Reuters) - Michael Phelps made a low-key exit from the world championships Sunday after helping the United States top the qualifying for the men's 4x100 meters medley relay. Phelps was relegated to swim in the heats after missing out on a place in the top U.S. team for the final event on the eight-day program after finishing seventh in the 100 freestyle and second behind team mate Ian Crocker in the 100 butterfly. Phelps will still collect a medal if the...

2005-07-31 11:36:42

By Julian Linden MONTREAL (Reuters) - Michael Phelps made a low-key exit from the world championships on Sunday after helping the United States top the qualifying for the men's 4x100 meters medley relay. Phelps was relegated to swim in the heats after missing out on a place in the top U.S. team for the final event on the eight-day program after finishing seventh in the 100 freestyle and second behind team mate Ian Crocker in the 100 butterfly. Phelps will still collect a medal if the...

2005-07-29 19:37:49

By Julian Linden MONTREAL (Reuters) - Aaron Peirsol and Leisel Jones both set world records to win their second gold medals at the world swimming championships on Friday while Michael Phelps collected his fourth courtesy of another American relay victory. Peirsol lowered his own 200 meters backstroke world record to join Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett as the only swimmers to win the same event at three world championships. Then Jones slashed 0.72 seconds off Amanda Beard's world record to...

2005-07-28 11:34:32

By Julian Linden MONTREAL (Reuters) - American teen-ager Amanda Weir upstaged Australia's world record holder Jodie Henry to set the fastest qualifying time in the women's 100 meters freestyle at the world swimming championships Thursday. The 19-year-old Weir completed two laps of the Montreal pool in a cool 54.49 seconds to head a distinguished list of 16 qualifiers from the 11 heats. Henry, who set the world record of 53.52 at last year's Athens Olympics where she won the gold medal,...

2005-07-27 19:57:10

By Julian Linden MONTREAL (Reuters) - Grant Hackett shattered Ian Thorpe's 800 meters freestyle record at the world championships on Wednesday to join his Australian rival as the only swimmers to win six individual world titles. Hackett demolished his rivals to take gold in seven minutes 38.65 seconds, slashing more than half a second off the previous mark set by Thorpe at the 2001 world championships in Japan, when the pair engaged in an epic battle. Hackett's amazing display took the...

2005-07-26 19:43:41

By Julian Linden MONTREAL (Reuters) - Michael Phelps led an American gold rush at the world swimming championships on Tuesday with victory in the men's 200 meters freestyle. Phelps collected his second title of the championships with a thrilling win in the four-lap race while Aaron Peirsol and Kate Ziegler also struck gold for the United States. Peirsol was untroubled in retaining his 100m backstroke crown while Ziegler slashed more than 10 seconds off her personal best to win the women's...

2005-07-26 18:55:47

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Michael Phelps of the United States won the men's 200 meters freestyle final at the world championships Tuesday. Phelps, 20, clocked a time of one minute 45.20 seconds, more than a second outside the absent Ian Thorpe's world record. Australian Grant Hackett finished second in 1:46.14 to add a silver medal to the gold he won in Sunday's 400m freestyle. South Africa's Ryk Neethling placed third in 1:46.63. Phelps's gold was his second of these championships after he...

2005-07-26 14:03:03

By Steve Keating MONTREAL (Reuters) - One year ago in Athens a distraught Katie Hoff was left throwing up on the Olympic pool deck with her gold medal dreams in ruins. The rising star and youngest member of the powerful U.S. squad failed to conquer her nerves at the summer Games, the burden of expectation too high. Twelve months on the 16-year-old American has bounced back in style, powering her way to a gold medal in the 200 meter individual medley on Monday at the world championships....


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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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