French climbing prodigy, 16, dies in fall from cliff in French Alps


Luce Douady, 16, was trying to navigate herself on a cliff near Grenoble when she lost her footing and fell, French Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing officials said.

Luce Douady, a 16-year-old French sport climber died on Sunday, June 14 after a fall in France, the French Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing (FFME) confirmed in a statement on June 16.

She was seen as one of the brightest young talents in climbing, a sport which will be introduced to the Olympics in Tokyo next year.

It is one of the disciplines when sports climbing makes its debut at next year's rescheduled Tokyo Olympics.

"This bad news has had a huge impact on her training partners, her coaches and her club, Chambéry Escalade", the FFME statement read in part.

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Her body has been recovered and an investigation opened, with the exact circumstances of her death yet to be determined.

After winning youth events Douady moved on to senior competition. FFME added that "the whole federation is in mourning", including Douady's "training comrades and coaches".

She also debuted fifth in women's bouldering in Vail, Colorado at the International Federation of Sport Climbing Boulder World Cup previous year.

Her club, Chambéry Escalade, described Douady as a "beautiful person" in a statement on Facebook Monday. The climber performs on small rock formations or climbing walls and doesn't use safety equipment like ropes or harnesses.

"Luce was a very promising young athlete from the French climbing team", the statement said.