Gold Medal-Winning Olympic Sailor Drowns in San Francisco Bay While Training for 2013 America’s Cup (Video)

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Today the sports world is morning the tragic death of Olympic gold medalist Andrew Simpson. The 36-year-old sailor died yesterday after the 72-foot catamaran he was training on capsized in San Francisco Bay.

Simpson won a gold medal for Great Britain in the Star Class competition at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and he followed that with a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He was in San Francisco training with Team Artemis for the 2013 edition of the America’s Cup, the most prestigious sailing competition in the world, which will take place in September.

Authorities said winds were a little stronger than usual in San Francisco Bay yesterday, but the cause of the capsize is still under investigation. Apparently the yacht had a few glitches after it launched last November, but it’s believed all of them had been ironed out. All that’s known for sure is that Simpson was trapped underneath the boat for a full 10 minutes before rescue workers were able to pull him from the water.

Fortunately, no other members of the 13-person crew were seriously injured. However, that is absolutely no consolation for Simpson’s wife and child, and our hearts go out to them in this incredibly difficult time.

Hat Tip – [Guardian]

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