Micky Geller, one of the top waterskiers in the world, has died at age 18.
According to reports, Geller, who was a member of the National Champion University of Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns Waterski Team, “died suddenly” on May 6.
A cause of death has not been revealed at this time.
Geller, who was the sixth-ranked junior waterskier in the world, was a freshman Geller who studied kinesiology and marketing at the university.
“It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we share with all of you the news that Micky Geller, from Ontario, has died suddenly,” a statement from Water Ski Canada read on Facebook. “Micky was a valued member of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Water Ski Team, and the Ontario skiing community and he represented Water Ski Canada on many occasions including the U17 IWWF World Championships, the Jr. US Masters Water Ski Tournament, and the 2022 Pan American Championships.
“As skiers and all the members of our community begin to mourn this great loss, many will acknowledge his amazing work ethic, unending passion, humour, athleticism, and charisma. During this difficult time, let us come together as a community to support one another and cherish the memories we have of Micky. The University of Lafayette at Louisiana will fly their flags at half mast on Thursday, May 18, to honour Micky and his contribution to the school and their Water Ski Team.”
Geller was a member of Canada’s junior national water ski team, and competed at the IWWF World Championships, the Jr. US Masters Water Ski Tournament, and the Pan American Championships in 2022.
“Micky was a valued member of both The Ragin’ Cajuns Water Ski Team and Water Ski Canada,” the Ragin Cajuns water ski team said in a statement. “His love for water skiing was evident in everything he did, from his training and competitions to his interactions with his teammates and coaches.”
Our deepest condolences go out to Geller’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.