He's the kind of man you hate to lose. He was so full of wisdom. He had such a calm demeanor. He had a deep reservoir of good political sense and people sense. He was a solid rock. People like that in politics and in the area we worked are hard to come by. I was fortunate to have him as a good friend.
"Richard Alfred "Rich" Weiss" was a West Germany/West German-born, United States/American whitewater slalom/slalom kayaker who competed from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. He won a silver medal in the K-1 event at the 1993 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Mezzana.
Weiss also competed in two Summer Olympics, earning his best finish of sixth in the Canoeing at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's slalom K-1/K-1 event in Atlanta in 1996 Summer Olympics/1996. His finish in the 1992 Summer Olympics/1992 Olympics in Barcelona was mired in controversy when the television replay showed a judges error cost him a bronze medal.
He drowned in a kayaking accident in Washington state in 1997.More Richard Weiss on Wikipedia.
It seems to me what we got was the high end of the need out there.