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Rising Olympic star Ellie Soutter died on her 18th birthday this week, British officials confirmed on Thursday.
The British Olympic Association issued a statement to confirm the “sudden passing” of the young snowboard cross athlete.
The circumstances surrounding her death remained unclear on Thursday.
The article goes on to state the following:
Soutter won Team GB’s only medal at the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival when she snagged bronze in the women’s snowboard cross.
She was set to represent her country next month in the Junior World Championships in New Zealand and had been tipped for a place on Team GB for the 2022 Winter Olympic in Beijing, Sky News reported.
The Mirror reported:
Her father Tony Soutter, who lives in France, wrote in an emotional Facebook post: “This cruel world took my soul mate 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!”
The British Olympic Association is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of snowboard cross athlete Ellie Soutter, aged 18.
— Team GB (@TeamGB) July 26, 2018
So sad to hear of the death of 18 year old snowboarder Ellie Soutter. 💔💔 The suicide epidemic among the young is frightening. pic.twitter.com/QlGFKuxwsj
— Gillian Morrissey (@jillm_55) July 26, 2018
— Mirror Sport (@MirrorSport) July 26, 2018
#BREAKING: Team GB Snowboarder 18-year-old Ellie Soutter has died on her 18th birthday.
My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and the whole of Team GB. pic.twitter.com/8hdMDwSsIu
— BreakingNNow (@BreakingNNow) July 26, 2018
Devasted to hear about the sudden death of Ellie Soutter yesterday on her 18th birthday. I fully expected to be watching her in the next Olympics. The couple of hours I spent with her were… https://t.co/eFZDAEFbDG
— Susie Lawrence (@susiephotos) July 26, 2018
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