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Olympic Equestrian Dies at 80

November 3, 2000

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Anders Gernandt, a two-time Olympic equestrian and a popular radio and TV personality, has died. He was 80.

He died Thursday evening of heart problems.

A former army major, Gernandt competed in the 1956 Olympic equestrian events and four years later in Rome. The 1956 Olympics were in Australia, but the equestrian competition was held in Stockholm because of Australian quarantine laws.

As a sportscaster, Gernandt specialized in show jumping, one of the most popular sports in Sweden. He also was an avid golfer.

Gernandt was especially popular in the 1980s when he was the Swedish announcer for ``Soap,″ one of the most popular American TV shows at the time.

Gernandt is survived by his wife, Lil, and four children.

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