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.
Ryan Lochte will be summoned to attend a criminal hearing in Brazil regarding his Rio de Janeiro gas station incident from Aug. 14, according to NBC News.
“A formal summons is expected to be sent to the U.S. asking for help in bringing Lochte to Brazil. If Lochte does not show up, the process, we’re told, will continue, where he could be charged by the public prosecutor and likely convicted in Brazil,” was reported on MSNBC on Thursday.
Lochte has said he “over-exaggerated” his original story that a gun was pointed at his head during a robbery at a gas station.
Lochte’s full interview with Matt Lauer that aired during NBC’s Olympic coverage last weekend is here.
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Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski sold the silver medal he won at the Rio Olympics to raise funds for a 3-year-old boy fighting eye cancer.
In an online auction, Polish billionaire siblings Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk bid an amount large enough to cover 3-year-old Olek Szymanski‘s treatment for retinoblastoma in New York, according to Malachowski’s Facebook page and media reports.
Malachowski’s gesture is reminiscent of Polish swimmer Otylia Jędrzejczak, who sold her gold medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics to raise money to help children with leukemia.
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