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Technically there have been 2 die while engaged in actual Olympic
competition, but there have been four deaths while performing their
specific event if you also include the two deaths that occurred in
practice. You will note that there is some discrepancy about the cause
of death in the case of Jensen. While he did apparently sustain a
fractured skull as a direct result of his fall it has also been
generally reported that the collapse which resulted in his injuries
came about as a result of his alleged misuse of controlled substances:
?According to Olympics historian David Wallechinsky, four athletes
have died during the Olympics -two during competitions, two during
practices. The two in-competition deaths happened during Summer Games:
In 1912, Portuguese marathon runner Francisco Lazaro, 21, collapsed
from sunstroke and heart trouble and died the next day.
In 1960, Danish cyclist Knut Jensen died during the Olympic road race
as a result of ingesting amphetamines and nicotinyl tartrate, supposed
As for the winter accidents, both happened during the 1964 Innsbruck
Olympics: Australian downhill racer Ross Milne, 19, was killed when he
flew off the course during a training run and slammed into a tree.
Polish-born British luger -Kazimierz Kay-Skrzypeski was killed during
a trial run on the Olympic course two weeks before the Games began.
That was the same Olympics in which luge made its Olympic debut, and
critics had lobbied against including it on the Olympic slate,
claiming it was too dangerous.?
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