Rising Star Luce Douady Dies at 16 years old

 

On Sunday, June 14, 16-year-old Luce Douady died while hiking in Le Luisset, France. Douady was a rising French star on the competition circuit—she made waves after placing fifth in her first senior Bouldering World Cup in Vail, Colorado in 2019. She then earned her first youth title by placing first in the 2019 Youth Bouldering World Championships in Arco, Italy. 

According to News 1, Douady was hiking with friends on an exposed trail when she slipped and fell over 150 meters (nearly 500 feet). She was near her home in Saint-Bernard.

Douady was a dynamic, powerful climber, well-suited for today’s modern skate-style boulders. But she was also versatile. She placed third in the 2019 Youth Lead World Championships and sent her first 8b+ (5.14a) just three weeks ago. She was considered a contender for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Douady shined off the mats as well; she was a talented musician and singer.

View this post on Instagram

@antoinelomepal – danse je pose ça la 💃🏼

A post shared by luce (@luce_douady) on

Douady would have turned 17 this coming November. The International Federation of Sport Climbing released a statement mourning her loss earlier this morning.

 

 

Feature image by Sytse van Slooten/IFSC


 

Also Read

IFSC Releases COVID-19 Rule Updates

  • Show Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

Ads

You May Also Like

walltopia headquarters in sofia bulgaria

Walltopia Headquarters in Bulgaria Suffers Arson Attack

The headquarters of Walltopia—the world’s leading climbing wall company—suffered an arson attack last weekend ...

2018: The Year of Small Bouldering Gyms

With the inclusion of climbing in the Olympics, more people than ever are strapping on ...

Get our latest stories, gear, training, and videos in your inbox every week.

I would like to receive emails from: