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Mark Lenzi, Olympic diving gold medalist, dead at 43

I thought he was a hottie! RIP.


Mark Lenzi, the 1992 gold medalist in men's springboard, died Monday at age 43.

The American diver was hospitalized in Greenville, N.C., two weeks ago after suffering a series of fainting spells.

Lenzi earned gold at the Barcelona Olympics and followed it up with a bronze medal performance in Atlanta. He was an All-American diver at Indiana University, winning championships in the one-meter springboard, three-meter springboard and platform events in 1989.

No American man has won a diving medal since Lenzi.

The Fredericksburg, Va., native had spent the past two seasons coaching diving at East Carolina University.

Lenzi started diving at age 16, after seeing Greg Louganis win gold at the 1984 Olympics. He briefly left his parents' house later that year when he told his father he was quitting wrestling to take up the sport. After two weeks of living with a neighbor, Mark moved back home.

His father sat in the stands in Barcelona wearing a handmade shirt and later admitted that he had been wrong about his son's pursuit. "Sometimes," Bill Lenzi said at the time, "maybe parents don't know what's best for their kids."

Mark Lenzi continued American dominance in the springboard, following up Louganis' two gold medals by pulling ahead late in the competition to earn his spot on the podium. Since then, Chinese men have ruled the diving well.

In 1991, Lenzi became the first diver to score 100 points on a single dive. His reverse three-and-one-half tuck scored him 101.85 points at the U.S. Indoor Championships.

"As an Olympic gold and bronze medalist, Mark was one of our country's greatest divers, and he will be missed tremendously," USA Diving chairman Bob Rydze said in a statement posted on

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy.

by Anonymousreply 5104/13/2012

Fainting spells = brain tumor? Or full-blown AIDS?

Also, this thread is useless without pictures.

by Anonymousreply 104/09/2012

He was a furry little otter. Very nice.

by Anonymousreply 204/09/2012

Married but no kids.

by Anonymousreply 304/09/2012

Maybe he had a stroke ???

by Anonymousreply 404/09/2012

[quote]He is survived by his wife, Dorothy.

Well, he was a husband of Dorothy - but was he a friend of Dorothy?

by Anonymousreply 504/09/2012

It's not all that common, but some people die young--or before the time that is normal life expectancy.

by Anonymousreply 604/09/2012

Very sad to hear this.

by Anonymousreply 704/09/2012

Did he have Aids?

by Anonymousreply 804/09/2012

Sad. Yes, he was a handsome devil.

by Anonymousreply 904/09/2012

R1 = idiot

R8 = British idiot

by Anonymousreply 1004/09/2012

Wow! I was a diver in high school, so I followed the sport. Lenzi was great. Sad to hear he's dead.

by Anonymousreply 1104/09/2012

Holy shit, did he lose his looks in his 40s!!!

by Anonymousreply 1204/09/2012

[quote]Married but no kids. [quote]I know, we're awful. But we're all thinking it.

Actually, I wasn't.

by Anonymousreply 1304/09/2012

Compare that recent shot to what he looked like at the height of his beauty.

by Anonymousreply 1404/09/2012

He got fat quite young after being in such good shape.

by Anonymousreply 1504/09/2012

Did he get married? That might explain it.

by Anonymousreply 1604/09/2012

He became a fug in later life

by Anonymousreply 1704/09/2012

You're a day late and a dollar short, r17.

by Anonymousreply 1804/09/2012

Possibly a tumor or blood clot.

by Anonymousreply 1904/09/2012

I think he looks handsome in that link at R12. Those eyes. Gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 2004/09/2012

Couldn't spell "aneurysm," eh, R19?

by Anonymousreply 2104/09/2012

Here's another dreamboat for you to swoon over, r20... he looks pretty similar...

by Anonymousreply 2204/09/2012

Check out these photos...he had a hot little body:

by Anonymousreply 2304/09/2012

R22, you're a bit of a cunt.

by Anonymousreply 2404/10/2012

Too bad...

by Anonymousreply 2504/10/2012

I was going to guess heart, but his fainting spells were caused by low blood pressure. What does that suggest? Dehydration?

by Anonymousreply 2604/10/2012

Fainting spells suggest an arrythmia - a disturbance in the electrical pathway of the heart that causes it to beat irregularly, too fast, to slow, or to stop beating altogether. I'm a physician - that would be my best guess. It's why people get pacemakers - to jump them out of the irregular rhythm before it kills them. But yes, obviously the question of a chronic illness like AIDS is going to crop up.

by Anonymousreply 2704/10/2012

(R26) Low blood pressure IS the heart - they're two parts of the same system. Most likely cause of a death with preceding fainting spells is an irregular heart rhythm - the heart beats so fast it can't fill properly and not enough blood gets to the brain, which causes loss of consciousness, but it can also result in the heart simply seizing up (I'm a doctor, that's my best guess).

Few people die of dehydration in the western world, especially when they're in hospital hooked up to an iv! Remember recently Jason Russell of Invisible Children went nuts, and was running around naked in public? They listed the cause of his behaviour as dehydration and malnutrition - what a joke! He sure looked pretty hydrated and well-nourished from what I could see - which was a lot!

by Anonymousreply 2804/10/2012

What a pleasure to see a diver or swimmer who did not shave their chest.

Sad to see that he seems to have gained a bit of weight after being so lean and toned.

Very sad news.

by Anonymousreply 2904/10/2012

He was cute but not all that. If you compare the younger pics to the recent ones, you see he always had that unfortunate face with the weird mouth. Great body in his day, and the fur is a pleasantly unexpected enhancement, "but her face...". The big blue peepers help, but he's still average at best. He didn't get fug when he aged, he just got bald and fat.

Oh and sorry for your loss, Mrs. Lenzi @ R20.

by Anonymousreply 3004/10/2012

Is Jennifer a doctor ???

by Anonymousreply 3104/10/2012

[quote]He is survived by his wife Dorothy.

by Anonymousreply 3204/10/2012

There was a woman on Today recently who had fainting spells. Her sister forced her to go to the ER after she fainted one day. She later died in the ER when her heart stopped. They restarted it and put in a pace maker. She now publicizes fainting syndrome which is not well-known.

by Anonymousreply 3304/10/2012

She fainted to death, Dorothy.

FAINTED. To death.

by Anonymousreply 3404/10/2012

If it was arrythmia, wouldn't that have been discovered during his two-week stay at the hospital? The obituary sounds like he had the fainting spells but the cause was never known.

by Anonymousreply 3504/10/2012

A tragic case of tinynips. It'll get you every time.

by Anonymousreply 3604/10/2012

Whacked off to Mr. Lenzi more times than I can remember. That beefy, furry little wrestler torso those legs and ass really did it for me.

Great smile and killer eyes.

RIP Matt.

by Anonymousreply 3704/10/2012

R37 - his name is Mark.


by Anonymousreply 3804/10/2012

Living in g-ville, nc will kill anybody!

by Anonymousreply 3904/10/2012

He looked somewhat like Bradley Cooper when he was younger.

by Anonymousreply 4004/10/2012

Thanks for the giggle, R37 & R38.

by Anonymousreply 4104/10/2012

He was definitely a hottie back in the day. I'm not too surprised about the weight gain. I can imagine going from an elite athlete to a "regular person" does a number on a person's metabolism. IIRC he was also pretty short. I have found myself strangely affected by his death. Maybe because we are the same age and the circumstances seem so vague.

by Anonymousreply 4204/10/2012

why let him die and not place a pacemaker?

by Anonymousreply 4304/10/2012

Alot of modern medicine today. Raise the pressure up or place the pacemaker it happen to my dad 5 years ago and he is doing fine. Puzzling?????

by Anonymousreply 4404/10/2012

He died because he lived in a small town which probably only had incompetent doctors imported from some Caribbean medical school.

by Anonymousreply 4504/10/2012

He was a nasty Christofacist Rethug always thinking that Greg L. could "change" from gay to straight. (maybe like he did)

by Anonymousreply 4604/10/2012

r42: Interesting line from the TIMES obit:

"Lenzi started his athletic career as a wrestler. He enjoyed the competition but did not enjoy starving himself to reach the needed weight. "

Sounds like after he won he said "fuck it" and didn't watch his diet as carefully.

by Anonymousreply 4704/10/2012

Link, r46.

That would be awful if true.

by Anonymousreply 4804/10/2012

by Anonymousreply 4904/10/2012

That is a very strong. & cruel accusation R46. Have you any evidence?

by Anonymousreply 5004/13/2012

I call BS on what R46 said. Louganis was one of the first to release a statement after Lenzi's death and in it he told of speaking to him just a few weeks ago.

by Anonymousreply 5104/13/2012
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