Obit of the Day: From the Mat to the Board
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis may deserve credit for a fifth. Mark Lenzi, a wrestler, watched Louganis’ performance during the 1984 Olympics and was so taken with the sport that he hung up his singlet for a pair of Speedos. Lenzi, who also despised the need to starve himself to make weight in wrestling, disappointed some at first but in the long run he made the right decision.
Lenzi would dive for Indiana University and win two N.C.A.A. championships while in Bloomington. In 1992 he headed to Barcelona for the Olympics where he captured gold in the 3 meter springboard competition. After the games he retired for a brief period, but returned to training in 1995 and won bronze in the 3 meter event in Atlanta.
Only 43, Lenzi died from an unknown ailment.
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