WORLD champion climber Luce Douady has died after falling 150metres from a cliff in the French Alps on Sunday.
It is believed that the 16-year-old had been crossing between two climbing areas in Le Luisset near the South-Eastern city of Grenoble when she slipped and fell from the approach path, French media report.
Her body has been recovered and an investigation opened, according to the French media. The exact circumstances of her death are unclear.
Tributes have been paid from the world of professional sports climbing.
The sport’s governing body the International Federation of Sport Climbing called her a “young, brilliant and talented athlete”.
After winning youth events Douady moved on to senior competition. Aged just 15, she made her debut appearance on the IFSC Boulder World Cup circuit, finishing fifth.
Bouldering requires competitors to try to climb fixed routes within a time limit. It is one of the disciplines when sports climbing makes its debut at next year’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics.