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Triathlete Chris Lieto avoids sharks while training

Updated: August 14, 2010, 1:06 PM ET
By Adam Watson

Sharks are an occupational hazard for Chris Lieto.

As the top U.S. triathlete, he spends a fair amount of time training in open water and is aware of the danger. He's seen small ones before while swimming and even had to cancel practice when he noticed a more sizeable one.

When it comes to competitions though, he has a foolproof strategy for avoiding encounters.

"You're in the water with almost 2,000 people," Lieto said. "As long as you're not the slowest ...

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