Written by Steve McAnon, CNN
Barbara Annis' daughter was fond of fashion and vintage shopping. Her son seemed happiest playing backyard sports. They will be remembered as the last women of their generation to grace the court of the world's most popular beach volleyball tournament.
Barbara Annis, 63, and her daughter, Anne Roger, 44, died on Saturday in a car crash during the first day of play at the 2020 Olympic beach volleyball in Rio de Janeiro. The two were killed along with the driver, her husband Josefina Roger, 48, after their car flipped over in Rio de Janeiro. Anne Roger's husband, Wolfgang, and her son were also in the car but suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Marcia, Barbara Annis' daughter and Anne Roger's sister, survived the crash.
According to officials, the people in the car were traveling eastbound in the two lane road when they attempted to avoid an oncoming car. The car spun out of control and hit a concrete wall, then flipped over, before coming to rest upside down with severe damage to the roof.
"These are the last two athletes that have ever been at an Olympic Games," says Ron Livingston, the manager of U.S. beach volleyball.
A spokesperson for the US Olympic Committee said the two women were a "legend in the sport of beach volleyball" who had "set the standard for women to reach new heights and be outstanding role models."
In Brazil, organizers said, there would be a moment of silence in the women's quarterfinal game between Brazil and Great Britain, followed by a moment of applause in the match between the US and Australia.
"On behalf of the entire USOC and the country of USA, I extend our deepest condolences to the Roger family and friends in the wake of this terrible tragedy," the spokesperson added.