Athletes Who Died During the Olympics (21)

Description

This list includes all competitors, would-be competitors, coaches, and officials who died during the Olympics Games they were attending. Note that many athletes are present at the Olympic Village and compete in practice sessions before the Opening Ceremony.

Athlete Nation(s) Sport(s) Role(s) Era Notes
Nicolae Berechet ROU BOX Olympics 1936 Died of sepsis due to an infected carbuncle a few days after competing.
David Berger ISR WLF Olympics 1972 One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.
Nicolas Bochatay SUI SPS Non-Medal 1992 Killed following a collision with a ski grooming machine during practice.
Francisco Lázaro POR ATH Olympics / Other 1912 Collapsed and died of overheating during competition, caused by Lázaro greasing up his body for the race.
Ze'ev Friedman ISR WLF Olympics 1972 One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.
Yossef Gutfreund ISR Other One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.
Eliezer Halfin ISR WRE Olympics 1972 One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.
Knud Enemark Jensen DEN CRD Olympics 1960 Collapsed of heatstroke during competition and suffered a fatal brain injury.
Kazimierz Kay-Skrzypecki GBR LUG Other 1964 Died of injuries sustained in a practice crash.
Nodar Kumaritashvili GEO LUG Other 2010 Died of injuries sustained in a practice crash.
Arrigo Menicocci ITA ROW Olympics 1956 Killed in a post-competition car crash.
Ross Milne AUS ALP Other 1964 Died of injuries sustained in a practice crash.
Eliška Misáková TCH GAR Other 1948 Diagnosed with polio upon arrival in the UK, and died several days later.
Yossef Romano ISR WLF Olympics 1972 One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.
Amitzur Shapira ISR Other One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.
Kehat Shorr ISR Other One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.
Mark Slavin ISR WRE Other 1972 One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.
Andrei Spitzer ISR Other One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.
Yakov Springer ISR Other One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.
Ignaz Stiefsohn AUT GLD Non-Medal 1936 Killed when his glider crashed during competition.
Moshe Weinberg ISR Other One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.