Aus Olympics Champ Killed In Freak Accident

July 10, 2020 by

Two-time world snowboard champion Alex Pullin has died. The 32-year-old Olympian reportedly drowned while spearfishing off Australia’s Gold Coast on Wednesday at around 10:40 a.m. The Winter Olympian was discovered by a snorkeler who had been snorkeling along the Palm Beach artificial reef. Pullin was discovered in an unresponsive state, and despite having received emergency CPR from local Palm Beach lifeguards and paramedics, died shortly after he was pulled from the water.

Pullin is assumed to have been free-diving and without any oxygen mask in place during the time leading up to his tragic and untimely demise. Police shortly after the incident confirmed that Pullin was discovered in an unconscious state on the seaboard before he was brought to the surface by local divers.

Famously known by the nickname Chumpy, Pullin represented Australia not only in sport, but also as the country’s official flag-bearer at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Snow Australia has since the incident expressed its shock and sadness at Pullin’s passing, describing the champion snowboarder as a “beloved family member of the Snow Australia community”.

Pullin had during the time leading up to his passing been living with girlfriend Ellidy Vlug and puppy Rummi on Australia’s Gold Coast. Pullin and Vlug shared a love for music and surfing and started dating around 8 years prior to his death.  Pullin was only 24 when he started dating his model girlfriend. Vlug was 21.

The star snowboarder won gold medals in the snowboard cross event at the 2011 La Molina as well as the 2013 Stoneham World Championships events.

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