Olympics: And While Cycling, Watch Out for Tasmanian Devils

The world's best triathletes, competing at an Olympics for the first time, will have a view of Sydney's two favorite structures as they swim: the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. But the week after next, at the test event, no one will be thinking about the view. A spate of shark attacks and sightings around Sydney Harbour, including two attacks in two days on schoolboy rowers, has triggered panic among some competitors. "The Europeans are pretty worried about it," says 1997 world champion Chris McCormack. "They're used to swimming in freshwater lakes, where the most you'll find is an eel."


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