Tainted Games: Father of former Olympian killed in Beijing!
Two police officers walk out from the gate of the Drum Tower in Beijing Saturday Aug. 9, 2008. A man attacked two relatives of a U.S. Olympic coach at the Drum Tower on Saturday, stabbing the man to death and wounding his female companion on the first day of the Beijing Games.
BEIJING – The murder of the father of a former Olympian at a Beijing landmark cast a sad shadow over the first full day of Olympic competition Saturday, just hours after China’s jubilant opening of the Summer Games.
Todd and Barbara Bachman of Lakeville, Minn. — parents of 2004 volleyball Olympian Elisabeth “Wiz” Bachman and in-laws of U.S. men’s volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon — were attacked by a Chinese man while visiting the 13th-century Drum Tower.
The U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed Bachman died from knife wounds and that Barbara Bachman suffered life-threatening injuries. She and their Chinese tour guide, who was also injured in the attack, were being treated in a Beijing hospital.
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