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Olympic champion Andrew Simpson dies in boat crash

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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.

President Obama to female Olympians: ‘Y’all crushed it’ (video)

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President Barack Obama hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House on Thursday.

Obama opened his speech by saying that he had planned on doing a floor routine with Simone Biles, before ultimately deciding that the room was too crowded. First Lady Michelle Obama interjected to remind the crowd that her husband “can’t touch his toes.”

The President then singled out the athletic accomplishments of Olympians including Biles, Michelle Carter, Simone Manuel, Claressa Shields, Kristin Armstrong, Kim Rhode, Allyson Felix, Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali, Kristi Castlin, Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps and the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

He also recognized: Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, Sam Kendricks, the U.S. Army reservist who put down his pole and stood at attention when the national anthem started playing, Will Claye, who proposed to U.S. hurdler Queen Harrison after winning an Olympic silver medal, and Abbey D’Agostino, who helped an opponent to her feet after a crash.

“That is exactly what the Olympic spirit and the American spirit should be all about,” Obama said about the sportsmanship of D’Agostino.

The President was particularly enthusiastic about the performance of the female athletes.

“2016 belonged to America’s women Olympians,” Obama said. “Y’all crushed it.”

Watch Obama’s full speech here.

After Obama’s speech, Biles presented him with a surfboard autographed by the Olympians in attendance.

“I’m going to have a lot of time to surf next year,” Obama said.

MORE: Photos of Team USA at the White House

Photos: Team USA at the White House

Twitter: @TeamUSA
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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House on Thursday.

Below are some of the best photos of Team USA from inside the White House: