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Former Olympic Snowboarder Julie Pomagalski, 40, and Slope Guide Killed in Avalanche in the Swiss Alps

FILE PHOTO: France’s Julie Pomagalski smiles as she holds her World Cup trophy at the Alpine skiing World Cup finals in Bardonecchia March 14, 2004. Pomagalski was crowned 2004 World Cup Snowboard winner. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty/File Photo

Julie Pomagalski, a former Olympic snowboarder from France, has died in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps. She was 40.

Pomagalski competed in the parallel giant slalom at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 2006 Turin Games. She won gold in the snowboard cross at the world championships in 1999.

The French ski federation said Wednesday that Pomagalski died Tuesday but did not specify the location. French and Swiss media widely reported that the avalanche took place on Gemsstock mountain in the Swiss canton of Uri.

The federation said a guide, Bruno Cutelli, also died in the avalanche.

The French Olympic team offered its condolences on Twitter.

“The tragic death of Julie, an Olympian and world champion snowboarder, leaves the French Olympic team in mourning for one of its own,” the team said.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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