Jamie Cail was an American, gold medal-winning swimmer. Tragically, Ms. Cail was found dead in her home in the U.S. Virgin Islands last week. Authorities have, after she was found lying dead on the floor of her home, launched a criminal investigation into the death.
The New York Post reports that Ms. Cail was found unresponsive on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Her boyfriend found her. He then drove her to a local hospital, Keating-Smith Community Health Center, where she was pronounced dead. The NYP, reporting that, said:
Her boyfriend, who has not been identified, left a bar about midnight to check on her at their home, where he found her on the floor.
He and a friend carried Cail to a vehicle and drove her to the Myrah Keating-Smith Community Health Center.
“Once at the clinic, CPR was rendered and 911 was notified, however, the female succumbed to her ailment,” police said in a statement cited by Boston.com.
Speaking about Ms. Cail to WMUR-TV, a friend of hers said “She was just a very beautiful person. She had a huge heart. She was really loving and kind and well-loved and popular on the island and everybody knows her.” That friend then added “Everyone from the… older generational, local families to the younger people, everybody loved her.”
Another friend of hers tweeted about her passing, saying “Very sad to hear that my hs friend and teammate, Jamie Cail (in the middle with the Bolles suit), has passed away. Jamie had an unmatched work ethic. She left everything in each practice and became a world class distance swimmer through grit. Rest in peace to a real one 😞”
Continuing, that friend said “I remember we used to do dry land training to supplement swimming. One set was 10 x 1 minute rapid jumps while holding weights over one’s head. Most of us would hold 10 pound weights. Jamie would hoist a 45 pound plate above her head and push through pain. She was a real one.”
I remember we used to do dry land training to supplement swimming. One set was 10 x 1 minute rapid jumps while holding weights over one’s head. Most of us would hold 10 pound weights. Jamie would hoist a 45 pound plate above her head and push through pain. She was a real one.
— Jooyoung Lee🥋 (@theyoungjoo) February 22, 2023
Breitbart News, reporting on Ms. Cail’s swimming record, noted that “Cail won a gold medal with the U.S. team at the Pan Pacific Championships in 1997 and a silver medal at the 1998-1999 World Aquatics Swimming World Cup in Brazil. She was a standout swimmer, setting several school records at the Bolles Prep School in Jacksonville, Florida, which is well known for its top-notch swim program.”
The New York Post, adding a few more details about her high school and college prep swimming career, noted that:
Cail attended the college prep Bolles School — which is known for its swimming program — in Jacksonville, Florida, and several of her school records there still stand, according to Swim Swam.
She won several high school state championships in Huntington Beach, California, where she moved to train with the Golden West Swim Club, Boston.com reported, citing the swimming site.
Ms. Cail was reportedly working at a local coffee shop on St. John, so she was not a professional swimmer at the time of her death. She was, however, a popular resident of her town.
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