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His death was ruled as a result of blood poisoning, but some people think he could have sustained serious bodily damage after his fight with Evald Seeberg.

2/22 Francisco Lazaro

The 21-year-old marathon runner was the first person to ever die during an Olympic event. Competing as the first Portuguese Olympic marathon runner during 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, he tragically collapsed towards the end of the race. He had covered his body with wax to prevent sunburns but the wax sealed in his perspiration, leading to an electrolyte imbalance.

3/22 Knud Jensen

While representing Denmark at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy, cyclist Knud Jensen collapsed on the road. He was competing in the 100km team time trial outdoor road race in 40-degree heat, and was cycling more than normal as one of his team members dropped out after the first lap due to sunstroke. Jensen started to feel dizzy and drank water, but eventually collapsed and fractured his skull on the pavement. He never regained consciousness.

4/22 Arrigo Menicocci

Arrigo Menicocci was tragically killed in a car crash a mere five days after representing Italy in rowing eight at the 1956 Melbourne, Australia Summer Olympics. He was returning to the Olympic Village after watching canoeing events when his car ran off the highway and crashed into a tree, killing both him and his driver.



5/22 Ross Milne


The 19-year-old downhill skier was set to represent Australia at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Unfortunately he died of a head injury when he lost control of his skis during a training run a few days before his preliminary event and struck a tree. His manager called into question the safety conditions of the course and the number of racers allowed to practice at the same time, and improvements were made prior to the first race such as covering all trees on the run with straw.

6/22 Kazimierz Kay-Skryzpecki

Kay-Skryzpecki was a Polish-born British luge racer who died during a routine training run for the first Olympic luge competition at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. His toboggan reportedly shot off the lipless chute, and as a result new lips were added to the curves of the toboggan run.

7/22 Nodar Kumaritashvili

At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, 21-year-old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritiashvili tragically died on the day of the Olympic opening ceremony. During a training run he was fatally injured when he lost control in the second-to-last turn of the course and was thrown into the wall of the track, hitting a steel support pole. He succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.

8/22 Ignaz Stiefsohn

The 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany was the first time that gliding was allowed, though as a demonstration sport. The day before the demonstration, Austrian glider Ignaz Stiefsohn performed an aerobatic flight at the Berlin-Staaken airfield. The wing of his glider broke, causing his to crash into the field. He was killed instantly.



9/22 Nicolas Bochatay

The 27-year-old Swiss speed skier was warming up for the finals of his demonstration event at the 1992 Albertville, France Olympics when he crashed into a snow machine used to groom snow on the slopes. As he caught air on a bump in the slope he landed right in front of the grooming machine and was killed immediately.

10/22 Elika Miskov

Miskov arrived at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England and was set to compete on the Czech gymnastics team, but fell ill upon arrival. She was diagnosed with polio and died on the last day of the Olympics, the same day that her teammates won the gold medal.

11-21/22 Mark Slavin, Eliezer Halfin, David Mark Berger, Ze'ev Friedman, Yossef Romano, Andre Spitzer, Moshe Weinberg, Amitzur Shapira, Yossef Gutfreund, Yakov Springer, Kehat Shorr

During the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics 11 members of the Israeli Olympic Team were murdered during a terrorist attack by Black September, a Palestinian terrorist organization. Two wrestlers, three weightlifters, four coaches, a referee, and a judge were taken hostage in their rooms at the Olympic Village in exchange for the release of 234 Palestinians and non-Arabs jailed in Israel. Over the course of two days all 11 hostages were murdered, and during a shoot-out with police the five kidnappers were killed as well. 44 years later at the 2016 Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee officially honoured the athletes for the first time with a memorial ceremony.

22/22 Dr. Jorg Oberhammer

The 47-year-old doctor for the Austrian men's giant slalom team left the slalom area between team races one day to enjoy the trip himself at the 1988 Calgary, Canada Winter Olympics. He was skiing on a recreational slope when he collided with another skier who happened to be a technician for the Canadian television network CTV. He was knocked under a snow-grooming machine and was killed instantly.

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