Former French world champion snowboarder Julie Pomagalski died in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps.
According to media reports in France and Switzerland, the 40-year-old died on Tuesday on the Gemsstock mountain in the Swiss canton of Uri.
Pomagalski competed at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and the 2006 Turin Games in the parallel giant slalom for France.
At the 1999 World Championships, she won gold in Snowboard Cross.
The French Ski Association said a guide, Bruno Cutelli, also died in the avalanche.
Uri police said four people from France drove free on the descent from Gemsstock at the start of the avalanche.
“As a result, three people slid down the slope with the avalanche,” the statement said.
“One person was slightly injured and flown by Rega to the Uri Kantonsspital.
“The other two people were fully insured.
“Any help came too late for them.”
All thoughts from the France Olympique team and CNOSF go to Julie Pomagalski’s family, to those who are close to her, to @FedFranceSki. The tragic disappearance of Julie, snowboard world champion and Olympic champion, leaves the French OLY team in mourning for one of their own. pic.twitter.com/BtXqH398io
– France Olympique (@FranceOlympique) March 23, 2021
The French Olympic team wrote on Twitter: “The tragic death of Julie, an Olympic and world champion in snowboarding, leaves the French Olympic team in mourning for its own.”
According to the European Avalanche Warning Services, 85 people have been killed in avalanches across the continent so far in the 2020-21 season.