You can read all what happened HERE.
We can now formally identify Cardia because he has posted a somewhat rambling, but very entertaining 10 minute video and (better yet) a Finman challenge online (HERE).
In the video he tells his side of the Finman story and (this is where it gets interesting) to prove that he's capable of not only completing an Ironman without the aid of scuba fins, he throws down an super-sized endurance sub sandwich challenge saying that he'll be running a marathon the day before and the day after Ironman Arizona.
Let us save you some more time.
In a nutshell Cardia claims in his video that he is indeed Finman, but that he did not use the fins.
He goes on to say that he saw what he thought was a very large dead fish (at about 3 minutes into video) being washed up on the shore, and when he went to kick it---it turned out to be a pair of scuba fins which he picked up, at the same time one of his buddies and others on the beach snapped a few photos, which made their way onto the internet, which---you can figure out the rest.
Does his story stink like the dead fish that he claimed to be kicking?
That's something we'll leave for you to decide.
Will it be hard to complete two marathons and an Ironman in three days and will it be interesting to watch Cardia take on the the Finman Challenge?
In his Video Cardia says that PT Barnum was quoted as saying that any publicity is good publicity as long as they spell your name right.
We're not really sure about accuracy of that quote, but we are sure of a couple of other things:
1) Cardia is now making the most of the Finman publicity.
2) We spelled his name correctly.
3) PT Barnum is also widely quoted as saying, "There’s a sucker born every minute."
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