Brilliant 16-year-old French Olympic prodigy Luce Douady dies in tragic climbing fall

The French Mountain Climbing Federation (FFME) has announced that 16-year-old climbing prodigy Luce Douady was killed in a fall while exploring cliffs near her home in southeastern France.

The teenager was with a group of friends when she slipped and fell 150 meters on to an exposed section of access path while crossing between two climbing areas.

"It is with immense sadness that the climbing community learned this Sunday of the death of one of their own," the FFME said on its website.

"Luce was a very promising young athlete from the French climbing team. At only 16, the future was before her. Today, the whole federation is in mourning.

"We obviously think of her family and we will be at their disposal."

The FFME also said that Douady - a junior world champion in bouldering - was "in love with all facets of climbing".

It added: "Brilliant in competition, third at the 2019 European Difficulty Championship, world champion of young boulders in 2019 at Arco and fifth at the end of her first stage of the World Cup of boulders in Vail that same year, Luce Douady was a in love with all facets of climbing, capable of major achievements in natural sites."

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