Olympic Snowboarder Julie Pomagalski Dies After Avalanche In Swiss Alps

KRASNAYA POLYANA, SOCHI, RUSSIA- 06 december 2017: Olympic rings on the background of snow mountains, Editorial.

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Julie Pomagalski, a French Olympic snowboarder and former world champion, died at age 40 after an avalanche in the Swiss Alps, according to TMZ Sports.

Pomagalski died in the avalanche along with a guide, Bruno Cutelli, according to the French Ski Federation.

Pomagalski competed for France in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games and the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy.

She had also won the 1999 World Champion in snowboard cross, and won the 2004 Snowboard World Cup, and was Vice-World Champion in parallel giant in 2003.

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The French Olympic team issued a statement on Pomagalski’s passing.

“All thoughts of the France Olympique team and the CNOSF go to Julie Pomagalski’s family, to those close to her, to @FedFranceSki,” the statement read. “The tragic death of Julie, snowboard world champion and Olympian, leaves the France OLY team in mourning for one of their own.”

Our deepest condolences go out to Pomagalski’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.

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