Luce Douady wasn’t your average 16-year-old, she was an amazing rock climber and a hopeful for the upcoming Tokyo Summer Olympics. The French Mountain Climbing Federation announced she fell from a cliff this past Sunday in the French Alps.
Douady was the reigning world junior champion and just earned a bronze medal in the 2019 IFSC Climbing European Championships. She also earned gold in the 2019 World Youth Bouldering Championship while placing fifth in the World Senior Cup.
The Guardian reported she and some friends “were crossing a tricky path equipped with a handrail between two climbing areas” when she fell about 500 feet. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Douady’s family and friends during this devasting time.