French Climber Luce Douady Dies at 16 after Cliff Fall – a Look at the Olympic-Hopeful's Life

Joe Akins
Jun 17, 2020
12:04 P.M.
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Olympic Hopeful Climber, Luce Douady, was tragically killed after a fall on Sunday. Following the news of her death, tributes have poured in for the teenage athlete.


On Sunday, a 16-year-old Olympic climbing hopeful, Luce Douady died following a fall from a cliff in the French Alps.

In a report by "The French Mountain Climbing Federation (FFME)," it was revealed that the French native and some of her friends were crossing between two different climbing areas, which had a handrail when she fell to her death.

Luce Douady of France competes during the finals of the EYC European Youth Cup Lead on July 8, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Luce Douady of France competes during the finals of the EYC European Youth Cup Lead on July 8, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images


Before her death, Douady was a fast-rising climber who held the bouldering world junior champion title and was expected to participate in the Tokyo Olympics this year.

Describing the tragic incident, the FFME expressed grief over Douady's passing while singing praises of the teenager. The report read:

"Luce was a young athlete from the French climbing team, very promising. At only 16, the future was before her."


They continued the report by adding, "This terrible news hit her training comrades, her coaches, and her club, Chambéry Escalade hard. But today, the whole federation is in mourning."

Since the news of Douady's death, tributes have poured out from all those who were associated with her. In a Facebook post, Douady's climbing club, "Chambery Escalade," paid a touching tribute to the late athlete.


While Sharing a picture of Douady, the caption read, "Luce, this girl, this young woman full of energy, passions, talents! A beautiful person! She left the way she lived, to the full!"

Mountain police in the area reportedly revealed that Douady had fallen 500 feet and that an investigation about the death would begin.


It was reportedly assumed that Douady's fall was caused because her cable was not properly secured to the handrail in the climbing footpath.

In addition to holding a world championship junior title, Douady also placed fifth in the women's bouldering at the International Federation of Sport Climbing Boulder World Cup that was held last year.

Bouldering is a type of rock climbing that does not involve the use of a rope and is performed on smaller rocks or artificial walls.

The sport was expected to be featured for the first time at the Tokyo Olympic Games, which was postponed until next year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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