Luce Douady, a 16-year-old French Olympic hopeful, has died after a climbing accident in the French Alps.
The 16-year-old suffered a fatal fall while exploring the cliffs near Grenoble, France, on Sunday, according to the French Mountain Climbing Federation (FFME). She was with her friends at the time.
“Luce Douady, 16 years old and a young hope of French climbing, was the victim of an accident,” the FFME said in a statement. “Luce was a very promising young athlete from the French climbing team. At only 16, the future was before her.”
Douady slipped and fell from a passage equipped with a handrail between two climbing sections, according to the FFME. She fell about 150 metres onto an exposed section of access path.
The teenager was seen as a rising talent in the sport of rock-climbing, which is slated to debut at the Tokyo Olympics with three separate disciplines, including bouldering, which was Douady’s specialty.
Douady won the 2019 youth world title in bouldering and placed fifth at the senior world cup in Colorado that same year. She was not on the roster for the French team in Tokyo but had been eyeing the next Summer Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.