Ellie Soutter’s tragic passing at the age of 18 was confirmed by Team GB on its Twitter page.
Sharing the sad news a tweet read: “The British Olympic Association is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of snowboard cross athlete Ellie Soutter, aged 18.”
Ellie claimed Team GB’s only medal at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Erzurum, Turkey last year.
British Olympic Association chair Hugh Robertson and BOA Athlete Commission Chair Ben Hawes said: “Ellie was an incredibly popular and well-liked member of the team.
“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.”
According to The Mirror, Ellie’s father Tony Soutter paid tribute to his daughter, saying: “This cruel world took my Soul mate and “Bessie” from me yesterday on her 18th birthday.
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“I was so proud of the beautiful young woman she had turned into. Ellie I will miss you more than you could have ever imagined. Rest in peace you little Champion!”
According to the BBC, Ellie had been training abroad in recent weeks but was in the UK when she died.
The 18-year-old rising star athlete was tipped for a place in the Team GB squad for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
She was also selected to be part of the British team for the Junior World Championships in New Zealand.
British Ski & Snowboard issued a statement tonight describing Ellie as one the “best” young snowboarders in the UK.
It read: “British Ski & Snowboard is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Ellie Soutter, 18.
“Ellie was one of the country’s best up-and-coming snowboarders, competing in both snowboard cross and freeride.
“A bronze medallist in snowboard cross at the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Erzurum, Turkey, Ellie claimed Team GB’s only medal of the event.
“She spent the 2017/18 season competing on the Freeride Junior Tour, but was due to return to snowboard cross competition next month after being selected in the British team for the Junior World Championships in New Zealand.
“She was an inaugural member of the British Europa Cup snowboard cross programme which commenced earlier this year.
“The thoughts and condolences of the British Ski & Snowboard community are with Ellie’s family, friends and teammates.”