April 10th, 2012 07:29 AM ET
Olympic gold medal diver Mark Lenzi, 43, died Monday in a Greenville, North Carolina, hospital.
Lenzi won the gold medal in the three-meter springboard competition at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and returned from retirement to earn bronze in the same event at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
He was also the first diver to score 100 points for a single dive, according to his alma mater, Indiana University, which announced his death on its website Monday.
No cause of death was announced, but the Free Lance-Star in Fredricksburg, Virginia, where Lenzi once lived, said he had been hospitalized in critical condition with fainting spells and low blood pressure. His mother said he had a heart ailment, according to the report.
His brother, Billy, told the Free Lance-Star on Monday that Lenzi had internal bleeding that doctors couldn’t stop.
Lenzi is the last American to win an Olympic gold medal in diving.
“It’s going to be a long time before we have another,” his former coach, Hobie Billingsley, told the Free Lance-Star.
Billingsley said Lenzi was a pressure performer.
“He didn’t show a thing in practice, but when the lights came on, he was unbelievable. The tougher the competition, the better he would dive,” Billingsley is quoted as saying.
Lenzi was diving coach for the men’s and women’s teams at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, from 2009 to 2011, according to the Indiana University news release. He had earlier been an assistant coach at Indiana.
Lenzi is survived by his wife, according to his obituary.
Mark Lenzi was born on July 4th, 1968 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Lenzi
July 4th, 1968
7 + 4 +1+9+6+8 = 35 = his life lesson = Perseverance. Endurance. Fainting spells and low blood pressure.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
4192 35589 46
his path of destiny = 46 = So young.
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