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Matilda Rapaport (1986 - 2016)

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Matilda Rapaport (1986 - 2016)

Matilda Rapaport, the Swedish professional extreme skier has died at the age of 30 from injuries sustained after being caught in an avalanche in Chile last Thursday, according to multiple news sources.

Her sponsor Red Bull announced her passing on Monday.

Rapaport was skiing in a film shoot outside of the town of Farellones on Thursday after a major snowstorm when the avalanche occurred. She died later in a hospital from oxygen deprivation and brain damage.

“Matilda was an extraordinary athlete, traveling the world to find her passion, ride steep terrain and share her bright smile,” Red Bull said in a statement.

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Her death happened nearly two years after the deaths of well-known extreme skiers Jean-Philippe Auclair, a Canadian, and Carl Andreas Fransson, a Swede. They also were caught in an avalanche in Chile.

Rapaport was one of the top female freeskiers at the time of her death and was ranked fourth in the world in the 2016 Swatch Freeride World Tour. She was the winner of the Xtreme Verbier event of the Freeride World Tour in 2013.

This past April, she married Swedish alpine World Cup racer Mattias Hargin.

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