G. McConway
August 30, 2023

Canadian Olympian Dead After Tragic Crash

This is just a weird month for former Olympians, as yet another one has passed away.

Former two-time Olympian, Douglas Kyle, has passed away at the age of 91.

Kyle was reportedly involved in a horrible accident that took his life, reported City News Calgary.

Tragedy Strikes

The death of Kyle was confirmed to local outlets by his family.

They stated that he was involved in a single-vehicle rollover in Calgary on Sunday night.

He was driving a Chevrolet Spark at the time. The car reportedly veered off the road at a local intersection and then rolled.

Kyle was taken to a local hospital for treatment, with what were believed to be serious, but not life-threatening injuries. But he died later at the hospital.

Local police stated, "At this time, police continue to investigate the circumstances that led to the man's death.

"Drugs or alcohol are not considered to be factors in this collision," reported Calgary CTVNews.

His son Robert added, "We love him and we miss him.

"We raced down and we made it down to the Foothills hospital as quick as we were able to and with the whole family. By the time we had arrived, he had already passed."

Kyle was the founder of the Calgary Marathon and Calgary Track and Field Club.

He also represented Canada twice in the Olympic games, making his first appearance in 1956 at the Australia Games and again in 1960 during the Rome Games.

He was a track-and-field star, running in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races.

In 1963, he founded the Calgary Marathon, winning the inaugural event.

Jon Bird, interim executive director of Run Calgary and the host of the marathon, stated, "Nineteen people started that race in 1963 and now we have over 10,000 people raising over a million dollars each year to charities, so his impact is pretty profound.

"What Doug has done is leave us a legacy for how to be involved in the community and how to be a leader within the community and how to shape a community."

Rest in peace, sir.

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