Teenage climbing sensation Luce Douady has been killed in a fall while exploring cliffs near her home in southeastern France, the French Mountain Climbing Federation (FFME) reported this morning.
The 16-year-old girl was climbing with friends when she slipped and fell almost 500-feet on to an exposed section of access path while crossing between two climbing areas.
“It is with immense sadness that the climbing community learned this Sunday of the death of one of their own. Luce was a very promising young athlete from the French climbing team. At only 16, the future was before her. Today, the whole federation is in mourning.”
Douady was the reigning junior world champion in bouldering, a climbing discipline that will be part of next year’s Tokyo Olympics reports the Independent.
In her first senior competition last year she placed fifth at the Bouldering World Cup in Vail, CO.