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Backstory
Douady at the
2019 European
Cup Bouldering
competition in
Innsbruck, Austria,
which she won

Farewell, Luce Douady
ON JUNE 14, WHILE HIKING OVER AN EXPOSED SECTION OF TRAIL

protected with a cable at the Saint Pancrasse-Le Luisset climbing area
near her home in southeastern France, youth bouldering champion
Luce Douady, 16, lost her footing and fell 500 feet to her death.
"Luce was a young, brilliant, and talented athlete who won her first
Youth World Championships title at last year's competition in Arco
(ITA), where she first placed third in the youth A lead final and then
climbed atop the podium in the youth A bouldering event," the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) said in a statement.

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"Douady was a rising star on the French climbing team," according to
CNN, which called her "brilliant and talented." Climbing magazine portrayed her similarly: "Her style of climbing was dynamic and committal,
an excellent match for competition bouldering."
A month before her death, Douady climbed her first 5.14, and, according to various news outlets, she was working up the grades with her eyes
set on climbing the 5.14c Mister Hyde, in Céüse, France. She was also
primed to be one of the top competitors when climbing makes its debut at
the Tokyo Olympics next year. -Chris Van Leuven

CO U R T E SY S I M O N L E G N E R

The rising French climbing star was an Olympic hopeful.



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