USOC Statement on Passing of Jimi Flowers

July 11, 2009, 10:51 a.m. (ET)

USOC Paralympic Swimming Head Coach and National Team Manager Jimi Flowers, died tragically yesterday during a climb on Capitol Peak near Aspen.

“Our entire USOC organization is shocked and saddened by the tragic death of our friend and colleague, Jimi Flowers.  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.  Most importantly, he was a devoted father and husband.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this extremely difficult time," said Stephanie Streeter, Acting CEO, U.S. Olympic Committee.