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Famed Skating Coach Carlo Fassi dies at 67

March 20, 1997

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) _ Carlo Fassi, who coached Olympic champions Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill, died of a heart attack today after being stricken at the World Figure Skating Championships. He was 67.

Fassi, in Lausanne to coach U.S. bronze medalist Nicole Bobek at the world champions, complained of indigestion to team doctor Ed Reisman in the skaters’ lounge this morning, according to a U.S. team spokeswoman.

``Ed was with him, gave him Rolaids. Fifteen minutes later, one of the team coaches came to Ed and asked him to meet Carlo in the medical office and they went to the hospital,″ said U.S. team spokeswoman Heather Linhart.

A producer for ABC-Sports said she saw Fassi looking ashen and trying to steady himself near the practice rink

``It appeared like he was going to collapse but he didn’t collapse,″ said Meg Street-Lauch. ``A medic was called over to look over him.″

He was taken by ambulance to a hospital accompanied by his wife, Christa, and one of their sons. He died at 2:30 p.m., some four hours after first being stricken.

Bobek, who is in contention to medal at the championships, was being coached by her mother during an afternoon practice session.

Fassi, born in Italy, was European champion in 1953 and 1954. In the United States, where he made his home for the last 30 years, he was better known as coach to Fleming and Hamill as well as Olympic champions John Curry and Robin Cousins.

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