Monday, July 18, 2016

Freeride Skier Matilda Rapaport Dies in Avalanche in Chile


Swedish professional extreme skier Matilda Rapaport has died after being caught in an avalanche in the Andes mountains near Chile’s capital Santiago.
Rapaport, who was 30 years old, was skiing in a film shoot outside the resort town of Farellones on Thursday after a major snowstorm when the avalanche occurred. She died later in hospital. Despite intensive medical care and treatment over the subsequent days, it wasn’t possible to save her life.
"Matilda was an extraordinary athlete, traveling the world to find her passion, ride steep terrain and share her bright smile", Red Bull said in a statement.
A former alpine ski racer, Matilda became a highly-respected, beloved member of the freeride community, ranking in the top tier of the Freeride World Tour for several years and winning the renowned Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships in 2011. She then made quite an entrance onto the Freeride World Tour stage, winning the season’s finals and world’s most prestigious and hardest freeride competition, the Xtreme Verbier, in 2013, having entered on a wildcard.
Matilda also featured in several acclaimed freeski movies, such as the groundbreaking all-women productions Shades of Winter, Pure and the upcoming film Between. She was chosen as a role model and regular contributor for the international Women’s Health magazine.
She got married to her long-time boyfriend, alpine World Cup racer Mattias Hargin, just this Spring.

1 comment:

Feonica Martinez said...

RIP Matilda.. She has been a legacy to the Skiing world.