Former Olypian Karine Ruby Dies from a fall

May 30th, 2009 - 8:00 pm ICT by GD  

Karine Ruby, the former Olympic champion in snowboarding, succumbed to a fatal accident on Friday, while climbing the famous Mont Blanc in Paris. Karine had turned 31 on 4th January this year. The death occurred from her falling into a crevice. The other climbers, to whom she was roped to, also fell into the deadly crevice. The top climber was Gilles Monchard who fell into the crevice along with five other climbers. Among these fateful five were Karine Ruby and Simon Quest, both of whom did not survive.

While the 38 year old Simon Quest (who was also training for being a mountain guide along with Karine) died, another 27 year-old man, who also fell, was timely rescued from the deadly crevice. He is in the hospital in a critical state and fighting a serious injury.

Karine was no doubt a sportsperson par excellence and in a statement released by the French Prime Minister, he has rightly called her so. He said that, “Karine incarnated the emergence of snowboarding in France… The people of France will hold on to her memory of talent and her joie de vivre.”

In the 1998, Nagano Olympics giant slalom, Karine was the proud winner of a gold medal. In the 2002 Salt Lake City Games she won a silver medal. With a total of 65 snowboard World Cup victories to her credit, Karine was a six times world champion.

In the 2006 Turin Olympics, Karine was unfortunately eliminated early in the snowboard cross event, in the quarterfinals. She retired soon after. She was recently undergoing training for becoming a mountain guide. The training would have been complete in a few weeks time.

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