Decorated British sailor Andrew Simpson died Thursday when his 72-foot Swedish catamaran flipped in the in San Francisco Bay, trapping him beneath the boat for approximately ten minutes during an America’s Cup practice.
Simpson, 36, a married father of three, was freed from beneath the boat wreckage by first responders, but was unable to be revived.
“The entire Artemis team is devastated by what happened,” Artemis Racing CEO Paul Cayard wrote in a statement. “Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew’s wife and family.”
Simpson earned an Olympic gold at the Beijing Games in the Star class alongside partner Iain Percy, and added a silver medal in the same event at his hometown Olympics in London last summer after being upset by Sweden.
Simpson then moved his family to San Francisco for six months in order to chase his goal of winning the famous America’s Cup with Artemis and Percy, who serves as the team’s director and tactician.
The other sailors involved in the crash were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter. Barcelona bronze medalist Craig Monk of New Zealand suffered a neck injury in the accident and was taken to a local hospital. His injuries aren’t considered life-threatening.
Figure skating analysts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will host the Closing Ceremony on Sunday night in Primetime on NBC. The team, along with play-by-play partner Terry Gannon, made the announcement during Tuesday night’s broadcast of the ladies’ short program.
Lipinski, Weir and Gannon will commentate the pageantry from PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, which will feature the Parade of Nations, interviews, profiles, musical performances and more.
“Parades, K-Pop, fireworks, costumes, dancing – who better to host the world’s biggest party than Tara, Johnny and Terry,” Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production and Programming, said in a press release.
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It must be an incredible feeling to share the Olympic experience with your twin sister while skating next to one another on the same team. But, how many sets of twins can say they each had a game-changing moment to help their team capture a gold medal for the first time in 20 years?
NBCOlympics.com: Gold at last: U.S. women beat rival Canada in epic shootout
The Lamoureux twins are in elite company as they both shined individually while helping the U.S. defeat Canada in the women’s hockey gold-medal game.
“I’m digging the new necklace I got today,” Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said. “It is been a dream to do this, side by side. We have pushed each other since we were little and our brothers have kicked our butts along the way.”
Jocelyne, tasked with shooting in the first round of extra innings, performed a highly-skilled maneuver en route to scoring the eventual shootout-winning goal. No. 17 skated in all alone, faked to her backhand as Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados slipped, then confidently slid the puck into the back of the net.
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