US Paralympic swim coach Jimi Flowers dies

Jul 11, 2009 - 5:26 PM COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.(AP) -- U.S. Paralympic swim coach Jimi Flowers died Friday in a climbing accident, the United States Olympic Committee said. He was 47.

The accident occurred on Capitol Peak near Aspen, Colo.

"Our entire USOC organization is shocked and saddened by the tragic death of our friend and colleague, Jimi Flowers," said USOC acting CEO Stephanie Streeter. "Jimi was an incredible coach who developed numerous Olympic and Paralympic champions. He was passionate about swimming, dedicated to helping others and was such an inspiration to athletes, colleagues and all who knew him."

Flowers was USA Swimming's national team director from 1989-93. He also worked at Auburn and the USOC.

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Jimi Flowers," USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus said. "Jimi was a wonderful man and a friend to so many of us in the swimming family and in the Olympic community. Our thoughts and prayers today are with Jimi's family as well as with our friends at U.S. Paralympics."

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