On Monday, the Swedish Ski Association sadly confirmed that extreme skier Matilda Rapaport passed away on Monday after she was involved in an avalanche accident near Chile’s capital, Santiago.
The avalanche occurred last Thursday while the 30-year-old and was filming promotional footage for Ubisoft‘s upcoming winter sports game Steep.
After rescue workers pulled her from under the snow, the athlete was taken to a hospital where it was found she suffered from oxygen deprivation and brain damage.
She died in the hospital four days later.
Red Bull, one of Rapaport’s sponsors, released a statement saying:
“Matilda was an extraordinary athlete, traveling the world to find her passion, ride steep terrain and share her bright smile.”
After the accident, the well known skier’s manager H├â┬Ñkan Hansson told broadcaster SVT that she was skiing on her own when the tragedy occurred:
“She is one of the world’s best skiers, but there was too much snow and she fell in the snow. She was wearing all the safety equipment, but did not have time to release the airbag because she was so focused on outrunning the avalanche.”
Interestingly enough, this comes only 6 months after Matilda appeared on the cover of Powder, a skiing magazine, and one of the main stories was about the risks of extreme skiing and whether pros were were taking too many risks.
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