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Olympic Athletes Deaths

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As someone who started watching basketball during the Shaq-Kobe era, who has been a Laker fan ever since, I am devastated at this tragedy. For me, Kobe is not about the points scored or championships won but about what can be achieved through sheer hard work and perseverance. Apart from being one of the best players of the game, he was also an excellent student of the game. I am sure he would have been an amazing coach in the future as well. 

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Deaths of Olympians in January

 

:URS Aleksandr Manechinsky, 61 - Swimming

:RUS Roman Monchenko, 55 - Rowing (1×B)

:CAN Harvey Reti, 82 - Boxing

:USA Bill Hobbs, 70 - Rowing (1×S)

:KEN Charles Oguk, 55 - Hockey

:GBR Mike Wheeler, 84 - Athletics (1×B)

:ESP Jaime Monzo, 73 - Swimming

:CZE Karl Saitl, 95 - Weightlifting

:NOR Bergljot Sandvik-Johansen, 97 - Gymnastics

:ITA Guido Messina, 89 - Cycling (1×G)

:FRA Maurice Moucheraud, 86 - Cycling (1×G)

:MEX Carlos Giron, 65 - Diving (1×S)

:GER Sophie Kratzer, 30 - Ice Hockey

:CAN Rhona Wurtele, 97 - Alpine Skiing

:TUR Kazim Ayvaz, 81 - Wrestling (1×G)

:USA Larry Amar, 47 - Hockey

:GBR Robert Archibald, 39 - Basketball

:YUG Duje Bonacic, 90 - Rowing (1×G)

:USA Kobe Bryant, 41 -Basketball (2×G)

:LUX Jos Bernard, 95 - Gymnastics

:AUS Mike Dancis, 80 - Basketball

:YUG Blagoja Georgievski, 69 - Basketball (1×S)

 

Kobe Bryant's sad death has been discussed widely in this thread and he is one of three athletes who passed away this month who competed at the Games within the past decade  Robert Archibald (39) competed at the 2012 Olympics, while Sophie Kratzer (30) who sadly died of cancer took part in the 2014 Games.

 

Among the other athletes who died in January perhaps the most notable was Guido Messina of Italy who won a gold medal in cycling's team pursuit in 1952. He was the individual pursuit world champion five times between 1948 and 1956, but unfortunately had retired by the time this event was introduced into the Olympic programme in 1964. 

 

There have been a number of deaths in the past year of champions from the last Games to be held in Tokyo in 1964. The most recent is Kazim Ayvaz of Turkey who won the gold medal in the lightweight division of the Greco-Roman wrestling.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Nickyc707 said:

Deaths of Olympians in January

 

:URS Aleksandr Manechinsky, 61 - Swimming

:RUS Roman Monchenko, 55 - Rowing (1×B)

:CAN Harvey Reti, 82 - Boxing

:USA Bill Hobbs, 70 - Rowing (1×S)

:KEN Charles Oguk, 55 - Hockey

:GBR Mike Wheeler, 84 - Athletics (1×B)

:ESP Jaime Monzo, 73 - Swimming

:CZE Karl Saitl, 95 - Weightlifting

:NOR Bergljot Sandvik-Johansen, 97 - Gymnastics

:ITA Guido Messina, 89 - Cycling (1×G)

:FRA Maurice Moucheraud, 86 - Cycling (1×G)

:MEX Carlos Giron, 65 - Diving (1×S)

:GER Sophie Kratzer, 30 - Ice Hockey

:CAN Rhona Wurtele, 97 - Alpine Skiing

:TUR Kazim Ayvaz, 81 - Wrestling (1×G)

:USA Larry Amar, 47 - Hockey

:GBR Robert Archibald, 39 - Basketball

:YUG Duje Bonacic, 90 - Rowing (1×G)

:USA Kobe Bryant, 41 -Basketball (2×G)

:LUX Jos Bernard, 95 - Gymnastics

:AUS Mike Dancis, 80 - Basketball

:YUG Blagoja Georgievski, 69 - Basketball (1×S)

 

Kobe Bryant's sad death has been discussed widely in this thread and he is one of three athletes who passed away this month who competed at the Games within the past decade  Robert Archibald (39) competed at the 2012 Olympics, while Sophie Kratzer (30) who sadly died of cancer took part in the 2014 Games.

 

Among the other athletes who died in January perhaps the most notable was Guido Messina of Italy who won a gold medal in cycling's team pursuit in 1952. He was the individual pursuit world champion five times between 1948 and 1956, but unfortunately had retired by the time this event was introduced into the Olympic programme in 1964. 

 

There have been a number of deaths in the past year of champions from the last Games to be held in Tokyo in 1964. The most recent is Kazim Ayvaz of Turkey who won the gold medal in the lightweight division of the Greco-Roman wrestling.

 

 

 

Man, three athletes from the last 5 Olympics, January was a rather shit my month, and I think we can all agree on that.


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Didn't compete in an OG, but set the Soviet record in an event where the USSR regularly won medals.

 

:UKR Volodymyr (Vladimir) Inozemtsev, 25 May 1964 - 4 Feb 2020.

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Alexander Skvortsov (65) :URS

1984 Olympic Champion, 1980 Silver medalist

 

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:POL Jan Kowalczyk passed away at the age of 79 today.

 

Still the only Polish Olympic gold medal winner in equestrian.

 

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There are some wonderful stories from the 1980 equestrian games. Including, but not limited to, some Bulgarian and Romanian riders getting medals despite scoring 0s for piaffe (meaning, they didn't even bother to try to execute it :p).


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Braian Toledo :ARG javelin thrower (2012, 2016), died today in a motorcycle accident. 

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