Olympic canoeing champion Kolonics dies

Olympic canoeing champion Kolonics dies

There are 3 comments on the Albany Times Union story from Jul 15, 2008, titled Olympic canoeing champion Kolonics dies. In it, Albany Times Union reports that:

Gyorgy Kolonics, a canoeing gold medalist at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, died Tuesday after collapsing in his canoe while training for the Beijing Games.

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cat

Massapequa, NY

#1 Jul 18, 2008
Does anyone get a EKG and more before training for something like this or any sport game?
He was 36 - what's wrong with this picture?
UKA

Henley, UK

#2 Jul 21, 2008
cat wrote:
Does anyone get a EKG and more before training for something like this or any sport game?
He was 36 - what's wrong with this picture?
The only thing wrong with this picture is that it is a tragic loss of an amazing athlete and a nice guy.
Sirius

Goldsboro, NC

#3 Aug 15, 2008
I hate tragedies like this :(

I'm not sure if they get EKG/heart work done before competing, though healthy 20-30 year olds don't just die.

There is always a cause, and most likely at this age it is a heart defect of some sort. Nutritional deficiencies or surpluses of potassium, magnesium, and sodium can also cause sudden death. Perhaps over training was a factor as well.

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