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  • Pescante Likes Bach; Prince Harry Heading to Warrior Games


    Endorsement for Bach

    Mario Pescante has endorsed Thomas Bach for IOC President.

    Mario Pescante and Thomas Bach at an IOC Executive Board meeting in 2011. (Getty Images)
    He made the comments at the 25th anniversary of the Italian Olympic Academy in Rome on Friday. Bach was the guest of honor.

    "It's our hope that in September he can become the new IOC president," Pescante was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. Pescante is a longtime IOC member and founder of the Academy.

    He added that Bach: "is a friend of Italian sport and maybe that's why he wanted to begin his complicated and ambitious challenge here in Rome among friends... Italian sport will be by your side."

    Alex Zanardi and Pietro Mennea received the Giulio Onesti awards during the ceremony. Zanardi won three medals, including two gold medals at the London Paralympics in paracycling, while Mennea died earlier this year and won the 200m sprint at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

    Prince Harry to Colorado Springs

    Prince Harry at a ceremony in Arlington National Ceremony before his trip to the Warrior Games. (Getty Images)
    Prince Harry will pay a visit to the Warrior Games, taking place this weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    The event is for wounded members of the armed services, and will feature more than 200 U.S. and British service members.

    He arrives in Colorado on Friday.

    Harry is a veteran, serving five months in Afghanistan.

    Andrew “Bart” Simpson, Gold Medalist Sailor, 36

    Artemis in Hangar 3 on Treasure Island in San Francisco. (Getty Images)
    Andrew “Bart” Simpson died on Thursday while training for the America’s Cup in San Francisco. He was 36.

    Simpson won gold at the 2008 Olympics representing Great Britain in the star keelboat competition and silver at last year’s Olympics.

    He died when the Artemis boat he was a crewmember of capsized and was trapped underneath.

    "We obviously had a tragic day today on the bay and our thoughts and prayers are with Bart Simpson's - Andrew Simpson's - family, his wife and kids, and also with the rest of the teammates," Artemis CEO Paul Cayard said.

    "It is a shocking experience to go through and we have a lot to deal with in the next few days in terms of assuring everybody's well-being."

    “We are devastated to hear about the tragic training accident in San Francisco which led to the loss Olympian Andrew Simpson’s life,” the British Olympic Association said in a statement.

    “Andrew was a treasured and accomplished member of Team GB, both at the home Olympics in London 2012, where he won silver with childhood friend Iain Percy in the Star class, and at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where he won the gold medal also sailing alongside Iain. Andrews’s talent and humour was an inspiration to others and he will be sorely missed by the Olympic Family.”

    Written by Ed Hula III.

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