Athletes Who Died During the Olympics (15)

Description

This list includes all competitors or would-be competitors 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) Era Notes
Nicolae Berechet ROU BOX 1936 Died of sepsis due to an infected carbuncle a few days after competing.
David Berger ISR WLT 1972 One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.
Nicolas Bochatay SUI SPS 1992 Killed following a collision with a ski grooming machine during practice.
Ze'ev Friedman ISR WLT 1972 One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.
Eliezer Halfin ISR WRE 1972 One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.
Knud Enemark Jensen DEN CYC 1960 Collapsed of heatstroke during competition and suffered a fatal brain injury.
Kazimierz Kay-Skrzypecki GBR LUG 1964 Died of injuries sustained in a practice crash.
Nodar Kumaritashvili GEO LUG 2010 Died of injuries sustained in a practice crash.
Francisco Lázaro POR ATH 1912 Collapsed and died of overheating during competition, caused by Lázaro greasing up his body for the race.
Arrigo Menicocci ITA ROW 1956 Killed in a post-competition car crash.
Ross Milne AUS ASK 1964 Died of injuries sustained in a practice crash.
Eliška Misáková TCH GYM 1948 Diagnosed with polio upon arrival in the UK, and died several days later.
Yossef Romano ISR WLT 1972 One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.
Mark Slavin ISR WRE 1972 One of the victims of the 1972 Black September terrorist attack.
Ignaz Stiefsohn AUT GLD 1936 Killed when his glider crashed during competition.