July 27, 1997 in Sports

Three-Time Olympian In Fencing Dies At 83

Compiled From Wire Services
 

Ralph Goldstein, a member of three U.S. Olympic fencing teams, died after his car collided with a propane truck outside Bennington, Vt. He was 83.

Goldstein had a massive heart attack which may have led to the head-on collision on Friday, according to family members. The driver of the truck was not injured.

A specialist in epee, Goldstein was a member of the 1948 U.S. Olympic team in London, the 1956 team in Melbourne, Australia, and was captain of the 1960 team in Rome.

The accident occurred as Goldstein was returning from a reunion of fencers who met in New Hampshire to pursue their passion for bridge.

Alma Welch, wife of Salt Lake City Olympics organizer Thomas K. Welch, said she was “disappointed” with her husband’s public statements about a domestic violence charge.

Friday night, after returning from an African safari with a son, Welch met with reporters to deny he had ever roughed up his wife, and to insist that a relationship with another woman was platonic.

Welch, 52, was charged Monday with class B misdemeanor battery for allegedly scuffling with and bruising his wife during a July 9 altercation.


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