German canoe slalom coach Stefan Henze dies from injuries suffered in Rio car crash

By Scott Allen

Stefan Henze won silver in the Olympic C2 men's canoe event in 2004. He would go on to become a coach with the German team. Photo / AP
Stefan Henze won silver in the Olympic C2 men's canoe event in 2004. He would go on to become a coach with the German team. Photo / AP

Germany's canoe slalom coach, Stefan Henze, has died from injuries he suffered when a taxi he was in crashed near the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. Henze was 35.

German flags at all Olympic venues will be lowered to half-staff in honour of Henze, who won a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Games in the men's slalom C-2 canoeing event with teammate Marcus Becker, The Associated Press reported.

"Our sympathy is with the family of Stefan Henze, his friends and all of the German Olympic team," IOC President Thomas Bach said.

After initially being treated for head injuries at a nearby hospital following Friday's crash, Henze was transferred to a clinic that specialised in neurosurgery and German Olympic team doctor Bernd Wolfahrt told reporters on Saturday that Henze was in critical condition.

German canoe team official Christian Kaeding, who was in the taxi with Henze, was released after being treated for minor injuries.

"Words cannot describe what we feel in the team after this terrible loss," German Olympic Committee president Alfons Hoermann told BBC.

Germany's canoe slalom team tweeted a photo of Henze in the aftermath of Monday's news with a note that translates to, "We are deeply saddened. Rest in peace, Stefan, you remain forever in our hearts."

- Washington Post

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