The Sports Archives – Andy Holmes, Olympic Rowing Gold Medalist, Dies Suddenly

England’s Andy Holmes,  age 51,  rowing coach for the last two years, died in the hospital after feeling ill about a week before from what doctors think might have been leptospirosis, a waterborne bacterial disease.

Holmes earned the gold twice, one for the coxed four in 1984 and one for coxless pairs in 1988.  He teamed with five-time Olympic champion Steve Redgrave in both.  He also was the Commonwealth Games champion in 1986 for the same events.

England will miss Andy Holmes, a great man and a great athlete.

Credit: SI

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