Famed Skating Coach Carlo Fassi dies at 67
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Carlo Fassi, who coached Olympic champions Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill, died Thursday at a hospital where he was taken for stomach complaints. He was 67.
Fassi, in Lausanne to coach U.S. bronze medalist Nicole Bobek at the World Figure Skating Championships, complained of indigestion to team doctor Ed Reisman in the skaters’ lounge Thursday morning.
``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.
He died at the hospital, where he was undergoing tests.
A cause of death was not immediately available. Linhart said he had a history of diabetes.
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 the 1953-54 European champion. 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.
He is survived by a wife, Christa, and a son, who were both with him at the hospital.