British Ski & Snowboard this morning reported the sudden passing of Ellie Soutter, 18. Ellie was one of the country’s best up-and-coming snowboarders and was tipped for a place at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Ellie passed away on July 25th, her 18th birthday.
Ellie competed in both snowboard cross and freeride, and was a bronze medallist in snowboard cross at the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Erzurum, Turkey. It was Team GB’s only medal of the event and she carried the flag at the closing ceremony of the Games. She spent the 2017/18 season competing on the Freeride Junior Tour and was due to return to snowboard cross competition next month after being selected in the British team for the Junior World Championships in New Zealand.
Her father Tony Soutter posted the news on Facebook:
“This cruel world took my soulmate and “Bessie” from me yesterday on her 18th birthday. I was so proud of the beautiful young woman she had turned into. Ellie, I will miss you more than you could have ever imagined. Rest in peace you little Champion!”
Ellie lived in France but she was in the UK when she died on Wednesday. No details about the circumstances of her death have been released, although when the news was announced by the British Ski and Snowboard, BSS, it gave details of how to contact The Samaritans.
“The thoughts and condolences of the British Ski & Snowboard community are with Ellie’s family, friends and teammates,” said British Ski and Snowboard.