A skiing world champion and her female climbing companion fell to their deaths on Mont Blanc in the French Alps. Another climbing group discovered their roped-together bodies around 6.15 pm.
Adèle Milloz, 26, and her friend died while traversing from Aiguille de Peigne (10,4723ft) to nearby peak Aiguille du Midi (12,605ft), mountain guides confirmed.
How they fell to their deaths on the mountain is unclear.
Profondément peinée par le décès de la championne de ski-alpinisme Adèle Milloz dans le Mont-Blanc, à 26 ans, et
de la femme qui était à ses côtés. J’adresse toutes mes condoléances à sa famille, ses proches,
ses collègues de l’Ecole nationale de ski et d'alpinisme de Chamonix. pic.twitter.com/RFf9pBWCep
— Amélie Oudéa-Castéra (@AOC1978) August 14, 2022
Milloz, who grew up in Tignes, France, won gold in individual and team sprint ski mountaineering at the Winter Military World Games in Sochi five years ago.
She retired from skiing in 2019 and was training to become a professional mountain guide.
The deaths have been ruled an accident, with police investigating the exact circumstances of the tragic fall. Climbers have recently been advised to postpone trips onto the Alps as record dry conditions made dangerous rockfalls more likely.