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Canadian Olympic bronze medalist passes away

Hans Fogh
Hans FoghRobert Cianflone, Getty Images

According to the Canadian Olympic Committee in a press release on Tuesday, Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Hans Fogh of Toronto, Ontario passed away on Friday at the age of 76.

Fogh won a bronze medal in the three-man keelboat soiling sailing event with Steve Calder and John Kerr, also of Toronto at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Fogh moved to Canada from his native Denmark in 1969 and first started competing for Canada at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Fogh also won an Olympic silver medal for Denmark in the Flying Dutchman category at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome with Ole Gunnar Petersen.

Fogh was also a three-time world champion. He won his last World Championship in 2006 in Annapolis, Maryland, forty kilometres south of Baltimore. The win was impressive because it came at the age of 68.

According to www.soiling.com, Fogh died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. He is survived by his wife, two children and five grandchildren. Fogh was also inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.