AT the time of writing, no further details have been given about the death of teenage Team GB snowboarder Ellie Soutter, who grew up in Oxted.
Ellie, who attended the Hawthorns School, Bletchingley, and described as “one of the country’s best up-and-coming snowboarders”, died on her 18th birthday.
Last year she claimed Team GB’s only medal at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Erzurum, Turkey.
A Freeride and Boardercross specialist, she had just been selected for the British team for the Junior World Championships in New Zealand.
She had been training abroad in recent weeks but was back home in the UK when she died.
Ellie was due to return to snowboard cross competition next month.
She was an inaugural member of the British Europa Cup snowboard cross programme, and had been tipped to win a place in the Team GB squad for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Her official website described going to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as her “ultimate ambition”, while listing her as an ambassador for the Les Gets Ski Station in the French Alps.