Luce Douady: French 16-year-old climber dies from fall

French Olympic hopeful climber Luce Douady, 16, dies after cliff fall

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French climber Luce Douady has died at the age of 16 after falling from a cliff on Sunday, the French Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing (FFME) has said.

The site listed her competitive achievements including winning the World Youth Bouldering Championship in 2019 in Arco, Italy, and fifth place in her first appearance on the senior circuit at the Bouldering World Cup in Vail, Colorado, the same year.

"This bad news hit her training comrades, her coaches and her club, Chambéry Escalade, hard".

The talented climber, who won the junior world championship in bouldering past year, was seen as a future star of a sport set to be introduced at the Tokyo Olympics. The climber performs on small rock formations or climbing walls and doesn't use safety equipment like ropes or harnesses.

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"Luce Douady left us yesterday", reads the statement.

She also won the World Youth Bouldering Championship in 2019 in Italy, and earned a fifth place finish in her first senior appearance at the Bouldering World Cup in Colorado in the USA a year ago. "Brilliant in competition", thet federation said.

Douady's climbing club called her a "young woman full of energy, passions and talents". The promising athlete, 16, was a rising star in sports climbing - one of many new Olympic events to be featured at the Tokyo Games, which have been delayed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Added IFSC officials in a statement Monday, "Luce was a young, brilliant and talented athlete".

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