ⓘ Olympic and Paralympic deaths. At the modern Olympic Games, up to and including the 2016 Summer Paralympics, 10 athletes have died while either competing in or ..

                                     

ⓘ Olympic and Paralympic deaths

At the modern Olympic Games, up to and including the 2016 Summer Paralympics, 10 athletes have died while either competing in or practicing their sport. In addition, another 14 participants have died at the Olympics from other causes; 11 of these deaths resulted from the Munich massacre of 1972.

Several incidents related to the Olympics have caused the death of non-participants. Large numbers were killed during the Lima football riot of 1964 and the Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico City in 1968. The Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Games caused two deaths.

                                     

1. In competition during the Olympics

  • Francisco Lazaro 21, Portugal – Runner – 1912, Stockholm – electrolyte imbalance
  • Knud Enemark Jensen 23, Denmark – Cyclist – 1960, Rome – heat stroke
                                     

2. During Olympic practice or after Olympic competition

  • Kazimierz Kay-Skrzypecki, Britain – Luge – 1964, Innsbruck – Luge crash in practice two weeks before the Games.
  • Ignaz Stiefsohn, Austria – Gliding demonstration event – 1936, Berlin – killed when his glider crashed during practice.
  • Ross Milne 19, Australia – Downhill Skiing – 1964, Innsbruck – Ski collision in practice.
  • Nicolas Bochatay 27, Switzerland – Speed Skiing demonstration sport – 1992, Albertville – collided with a snow machine in practice.
  • Nicolae Berechet 20, Romania – Boxer – 1936, Berlin – Berechet died three days after losing his bout against Evald Seeberg. His death was officially recorded as being due to blood poisoning, but it has been suggested that damage caused in the fight may have been a factor in his death.
  • Hyginus Anugo 22, Nigeria – 4 × 400 metres relay reserve – 2000, Sydney – struck by a vehicle while training.
  • Nodar Kumaritashvili 21, Georgia – Luge – 2010, Vancouver – Luge crash in practice.
                                     

3.1. Other Olympic deaths London 1948

In 1948, during the London Olympics, Eliska Misakova, one of nine members of the Czechoslovak womens team in gymnastics, became ill on arrival in the host city. Diagnosed with polio, she died on the last day of the Olympics, the same day her remaining teammates won the competition.

                                     

3.2. Other Olympic deaths Melbourne 1956

Arrigo Menicocci, Italian rower who competed in eights, was killed as a passenger in a car crash about 90 km northwest of Melbourne during the Olympics on 1 December 1956, four days after the end of the rowing competition.

                                     

3.3. Other Olympic deaths Munich 1972

In 1972, during the Munich Olympics, 11 members of the Israeli team were killed during a terrorist attack by Palestinian terrorists called Black September.

The 11 Israeli Olympic Team members who were murdered in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich are:

  • Zeev Friedman, 28, Weightlifter
  • Yossef Romano, 32, Weightlifter
  • Amitzur Shapira, 40, Track coach
  • Moshe Weinberg, 33, Wrestling coach
  • Andre Spitzer, 27, Fencing coach
  • Eliezer Halfin, 24, Wrestler
  • Kehat Shorr, 53, Shooting coach
  • Yossef Gutfreund, 40, Wrestling referee
  • Yakov Springer, 51, Weightlifting judge
  • Mark Slavin, 18, Wrestler
  • David Mark Berger, 28, Weightlifter
                                     

3.4. Other Olympic deaths Calgary 1988

Between the morning and afternoon runs of the mens giant slalom, Jorg Oberhammer, 47, the Austrian team doctor, was skiing on a recreational slope when he collided with another skier a CTV technician and was knocked under a snow-grooming machine, which crushed him instantly.



                                     

4. Deaths of non-participants at Olympic-related events

London 2012

On 1 August 2012, a special bus carrying media from the London Olympic Park was involved in a collision in which a cyclist was killed.

Rio de Janeiro 2016

German Olympic coach Stefan Henze died on 15 August 2016 after his taxi was hit in a high-speed head-on collision in Rio.

                                     

4.1. Deaths of non-participants at Olympic-related events Lima 1964

In a qualifying match for the Olympic football tournament, home fans began rioting after a late Peru goal was disallowed. Police fired tear gas into the crowd, exacerbating the situation, which ended with 318 deaths.

                                     

4.2. Deaths of non-participants at Olympic-related events Mexico 1968

The Mexico 68 protests were part of a worldwide series of leftwing student-led protests. While the protesting National Strike Council claimed not to link its demands to the Olympics, some students protested at the perceived extravagance of hosting the games, and some sought to exploit the increased foreign media presence in the city for publicity. The authoritarian government had a secret "Olympia Battalion" to ensure security during the Games. Ten days before the games, the unit swept through a mass meeting in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas making arrests. Estimates of the number killed in the operation range from thirty to several hundred.

                                     

4.3. Deaths of non-participants at Olympic-related events 1996 Olympic Park Bombing

On July 27, 1996 the eighth day of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games, a bomb exploded at the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia, killing two and wounding over 100 people.

                                     

4.4. Deaths of non-participants at Olympic-related events London 2012

On 1 August 2012, a special bus carrying media from the London Olympic Park was involved in a collision in which a cyclist was killed.

                                     

4.5. Deaths of non-participants at Olympic-related events Rio de Janeiro 2016

German Olympic coach Stefan Henze died on 15 August 2016 after his taxi was hit in a high-speed head-on collision in Rio.



                                     
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