Vibeke Skofterud: Olympic gold skier dies in Norway jet-ski accident

By On July 30, 2018

Vibeke Skofterud: Olympic gold skier dies in Norway jet-ski accident

Olympic star Vibeke Skofterud has died in a jet-ski accident.

The body of 38-year-old skier Ms Skofterud was found on Sunday. She was a gold medal winner at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010.

Norwegian authorities said she hit an island on Saturday night while on her way back to a holiday cabin near the southern city of Arendal.

Vidar L øfshus, from the Norwegian Ski Federation, said: “It's an unthinkable tragedy that our life-loving Vibeke is gone. Our thoughts go to Vibeke's family and her closest.”

Erik Røste added: “She was a very good skier with both Olympic and World Cup golds. In addition, Vibeke was a very good contributor to the environment and an important ambassador for skiing.

Vibeke Skofterud pictured in 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)

“She will be deeply missed. Our deepest compassion goes to her family and the closest.”

Ms Skofterud was on the Norway team that won gold in the 4x5-km relay at Vancouver. She retired from top-level competition in 2015.

Vibeke Skofterud in action in 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)

Additional reporting by Associated Press

Source: Google News Norway | Netizen 24 Norway

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