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Camille Muffat, French Olympic swim champion, dies in helicopter crash

by ZwemZa on March 10th, 2015
Camille Muffat

Camille Muffat

French Olympic gold medalist swimmer Camille Muffat and bronze medalist boxer Alexis Vastine were among 10 people killed in a helicopter crash in Argentina on Monday, according to Agence France-Presse and confirmed by international media.

Muffat, Vastine and other French sports stars were filming a reality TV show. Two helicopters with some members of the show collided in flight, and there were no survivors. The athletes who died were Muffat, Vastine and sailor Florence Arthaud.

Muffat, 25, abruptly retired last summer, partly due to a disagreement with a coach.

She won gold in the 2012 Olympic 400m freestyle (video here), silver in the 2012 Olympic 200m free and bronze in the 2013 World Championships 200m free. Muffat was a top rival to Americans Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky and Allison Schmitt.

Vastine, 28, won 2008 Olympic boxing bronze.

Others on the reality TV show but not in the helicopter crash included swimmer Alain Bernard, famous for being passed by Jason Lezak in the 2008 Olympic 4x100m free final anchor leg. Also, cyclist Jeannie Longo, a four-time Olympic medalist, and figure skater Philippe Candeloro, who won bronze in 1994 and 1998.

Nick Zaccardi | NBC Sports

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