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Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Diver Mark Lenzi Dies

Olympic diving champion Mark Lenzi has died at 43 in Greenville, N.C.

Mark Lenzi (Associated Press photo)

Lenzi’s alma mater, Indiana University, made the announcement Monday. Lenzi’s hometown newspaper, The Free Lance-Star in Fredricksburg, Va., said Lenzi had been hospitalized for two weeks after suffering fainting spells. His mother, Ellie, told the newspaper her son’s blood pressure was too low.

Lenzi won the 3-meter springboard at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Four years later, he came out of a brief retirement and won the bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Lenzi won two NCAA diving championships, 18 international competitions and was twice named America’s diver of the year. He spent 2009-11 as the diving coach at East Carolina.

His funeral is Tuesday in Greenville.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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