Luce Douady: 16-year-old French mountaineer dies after autumn

Luce Douady of France competes during the womens bouldering final competition of the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Cup Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Vail, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Douady was a rising star in the French Climb and was described as “very promising” in a statement from FFME on Monday.

According to the statement, the 16-year-old was with his friends when he fell off a cliff near Crolles in the Isère department in the south of France.

“This terrible news had a huge impact on its training partners, coaches and club Chambéry Escalade,” FFME said. Said. “But the whole federation is mourning today.”

His club, Chambéry Escalade, described Douady as “a beautiful person” on Monday in a statement on Facebook.

“Luce Douady left us yesterday,” she says. “He lived life to the fullest while living.”

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Last year, he won the Youth World Championship title in the field of rocks in Douady, Arco, Italy, and also ranked fifth for the first time at the International Sports Climbing Federation (IFSC) Boulder World Cup track in the US Vail.

“A young, bright and talented athlete,” Douady said, IFSC released on Monday.

“IFSC’s thoughts and prayers are with Luce’s family and friends in this tragic time,” he said.

Sports climbing is one of a number of new Olympic events, and will be featured for the first time in the Tokyo Games, delayed next year due to a coronavirus pandemic.

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