French climber Luce Douady, 16, dies after falling from cliff

French climber Luce Douady, 16, dies after falling from cliff

French climber Luce Douady, 16, dies after falling from cliff

Luce Douady, described as a very promising member of the French climbing team, was with friends in the southeastern part of the country when she fell from a cliff, the French Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing confirmed.

The 16-year-old was with a group of friends when she slipped and fell 150m on to an exposed section of access path while crossing between two climbing areas, it added.

French climbing site Grimper called her the "future of climbing".

"This awful news has hit her training partners, coaches and her club, Chambery Escalade, hard".

Douady was seen as one of the brightest young talents in climbing, a sport which will be introduced to the Olympics in Tokyo next year. The climber performs on small rock formations or climbing walls and doesn't use safety equipment like ropes or harnesses.

Tributes have been paid from the world of professional sports climbing.

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

She also debuted fifth in women's bouldering in Vail, Colorado at the International Federation of Sport Climbing Boulder World Cup previous year. 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.

Douady was among the best climbers in the completion and was on her way to competing in the Olympics for France. "She went as she lived, living life to the fullest".

A statement from the International Federation of Sport Climbing described Douady as a "young, brilliant and talented athlete".

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