IOC President Rogge pays tribute to Andrew 'Bart' Simpson after America's Cup training accident
Simpson won gold medal in 2008 Beijing Olympics
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LONDON - IOC President Jacques Rogge paid tribute Friday to former Olympic sailing champion Andrew "Bart" Simpson after his death in a training accident.
The 36-year-old Briton was trapped underwater Thursday after his catamaran capsized while training in San Francisco Bay for the America's Cup.
Simpson was one of Britain's leading sailors, having won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver at last year's London Games.
"Andrew Simpson was a hugely accomplished sailor and Olympian," Rogge, a former Olympic sailor from Belgium, said in a statement to The Associated Press. "He died pursuing his sporting passion and our thoughts are naturally with his family and friends and of course his fellow crew members who must be devastated by this tragic accident."
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