Olympic Snowboarder Julie Pomagalski Dies In Avalanche

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Julie Pomagalski, a former Olympic snowboarder from France, has died in an avalanche within the Swiss Alps. She was 40.

Pomagalski competed within the parallel large slalom on the 2002 Salt Lake Metropolis Olympics and the 2006 Turin Video games. She gained gold within the snowboard cross on the world championships in 1999.

Julie Pomagalski in action at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics.

Julie Pomagalski in motion on the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics.

The French ski federation stated Wednesday that Pomagalski died Tuesday however didn’t specify the situation. French and Swiss media extensively reported that the avalanche occurred on Gemsstock mountain within the Swiss canton of Uri.

The federation stated a information, Bruno Cutelli, additionally died within the avalanche.

Uri police stated that 4 individuals from France had been free-riding on the descent from Gemsstock.

Pomagalski finished sixth in the Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom race in the Turin Games.

Pomagalski completed sixth within the Snowboard Parallel Large Slalom race within the Turin Video games.

Police didn’t determine the victims. The rescue workforce included two avalanche search canines.

The French Olympic workforce provided its condolences on Twitter.

“The tragic death of Julie, an Olympian and world champion snowboarder, leaves the French Olympic team in mourning for one of its own,” the workforce stated.

Pomagalski, pictured during a 2006 training session, died along with a guide in the avalanche, according to reports.

Pomagalski, pictured throughout a 2006 coaching session, died together with a information within the avalanche, in line with experiences.