Rising star snowboarder Ellie Soutter has died on her 18th birthday.
Soutter was a bronze medallist for Team GB at the 2017 Youth Olympic Winter Festival and carried the British flag at the closing ceremony.
The teenager’s death on Wednesday was confirmed by Team GB in a statement. Her cause of death has not been reported.
Earlier this month, the teenager was named in the GB senior squad for the snowboard cross Europa Cup circuit, and she was tipped for a place at the 2022 Winter Olympics, the BBC reported.
The British Olympic Association is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of snowboard cross athlete Ellie Soutter, aged 18.
— Team GB (@TeamGB) July 26, 2018
Devasted to hear about the sudden death of Ellie Soutter yesterday on her 18th birthday. I fully expected to be watching her in the next Olympics. The couple of hours I spent with her were… https://t.co/eFZDAEFbDG
— Susie Lawrence (@susiephotos) July 26, 2018
Soutter had been training abroad in recent weeks but was in the UK when she died, the corporation said.
A statement from Team GB said: “The British Olympic Association is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of snowboard cross athlete Ellie Soutter, 18.
“Ellie claimed Team GB’s only medal at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Erzurum, Turkey last year.”
British Olympic Association chair Hugh Robertson and British Olympic Association athlete commission chair Ben Hawes described Ellie as an “incredibly popular and well-liked member of the team”.
“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time”