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Lavrova killed in car crash

Updated: April 23, 2010, 11:30 AM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Police say two-time Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion Natalia Lavrova of Russia was killed in a car accident.

Traffic police spokesman Vitaly Ivanov said in a televised statement that a car driven by Lavrova's sister collided Friday with another vehicle near Penza, about 330 miles southeast of Moscow. He said Lavrova and her sister died instantly.

The 25-year-old Lavrova is Russia's only rhythmic gymnast to win two Olympic gold medals -- in team competitions at the Sydney ...

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