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.
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.
“Suddenly there was an avalanche for reasons that are still unknown,” the police assertion stated. “As a result, three people slid down the slope with the avalanche. One person was slightly injured and flown by Rega to Kantonsspital Uri hospital. The other two people were completely covered. Any help came too late for them.”
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.
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