Prokurorov, 1988 Olympic gold medalist in cross-country skiing, dies at 44

Updated: October 10, 2008, 12:33 PM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Alexi Prokurorov, a Russian cross-country skier who won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics, died Friday after he was hit by a car while crossing a road. He was 44.

He was heading toward a train station in Vladimir, 100 miles east of Moscow, and died at the scene, police said. The Russian Cross Country Ski Federation said Prokurorov was about to board a train to Moscow to have a medical exam for insurance coverage.

Federation secretary Yuri Garmash said Prokurorov was a 13-time national champion and received state honors for his services to the sport.

Prokurorov competed in five Winter Games, winning the 30-kilometer freestyle in Calgary, Alberta. His last Olympics was in 2002 at Nagano, Japan, where he was the Russian team's flag bearer, the International Ski Federation said.

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