On Sunday, May 3, 2020, former Olympic bobsledder Pavle Jovanovic died by suicide at the age of 43. Those who knew him took to social media to pay tribute.
Jovanovic’s death was confirmed on Saturday by the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. USA Bobsled/Skeleton CEO Aron McGuire, who was also a former teammate of Jovanovic’s, released a statement about the late athlete.
McGuire said: “The winter sports community has suffered a tragic loss.” He recalled the athlete’s “passion and commitment towards bobsled” that was evident to “his teammates, coaches, competitors, and fans of the sport.”
Pavle Jovanovic poses for a portrait during the USOC Olympic Media Summitt on October 9, 2005, in Colorado Springs, Colorado | Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
The CEO shared how Jovanovic had lived a full life and left “a lasting influence on all those who had the opportunity to spend time with him.” McGuire was said to have given “100%” whether he was pushing his teammates on the track of making his friends laugh.
You never know what’s going on in someone’s head
LOSING A GOOD ATHLETE
“We lost another good one in sliding sport this past week.”
HE WAS A LEGEND
Former teammate Jason Dorsey commented on Facebook noting how people need to talk and listen more to others because one never knows what they’re going through. Clayton Meeks, also a former bobsledder, responded to Dorsey commented on how “super confident” Jovanovic seemed.
MOURNING HIS LOSS
Elana Meyers Taylor, a three-time Olympic medalist bobsledder and former teammate, said Jovanovic taught her "what it meant to be an elite athlete." She noted how the federation had “lost another great.”
HIS START IN THE SPORT
Jovanovic was a Toms River, New Jersey native who began his climb in bobsledding in 1997. In 2004, he won a World Championship bronze medal.
TAKING PART IN THE WINTER OLYMPICS
SOME INFO ABOUT TURIN
In 2006, Turin, Italy was said to have a population of more than 900,000. Around 2,508 athletes from 80 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) competed and 26 NOCs took home medals.
That year, the games ran from February 10 to the 26th.
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