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British Olympian Dies During America's Cup Practice

A British Olympic medalist has died after the catamaran of a Swedish team training for the upcoming America's Cup races capsized off the coast of California.

Andrew ``Bart'' Simpson died Thursday after the capsized boat's platform trapped him underwater for about 10 minutes. Another sailor was injured.

The Swedish team Artemis and two other yacht teams, each outfitted with multimillion-dollar racing boats that can achieve speeds of 72 kilometers per hour, are challenging defending champions Oracle Racing for sailing's most prestigious trophy.

36-year-old Simpson was the Swedish team's strategist.

He won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and a silver medal in the Star class of sailing.

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