Nick Springer, Paralympic Gold Medalist, Dies at 35

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Nick Springer, Paralympic Gold Medalist, Dies at 35

A quadruple amputee, he was a relentless defender on the United States’ wheelchair rugby team, which won a gold medal at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.

Nick Springer in 2012 during the Paralympics in London. He took up wheelchair rugby in 2003, telling his father, “‘Dad, I think I can be really good at this.’”Credit…Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

By Richard Sandomir

Published April 23, 2021Updated April 26, 2021

Nick Springer, who became a Paralympic gold medalist in wheelchair rugby at Beijing in 2008, only nine years after contracting meningococcal meningitis, which caused the partial amputations of his arms and legs, died on April 14 in Chandler, Ariz., a suburb of Phoenix. He was 35.

His father, Gary, said that Springer, who lived in Phoenix, died in a friend’s pool after finishing a lap. A cause of death had not yet been determined, but he had been seeing a cardiologist for [...]

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