30-year old Swedish extreme skier passes away while filming for Ubisoft's Steep.

Professional Skier Matilda Rapaport Dies While Filming For Ubisoft’s Steep

30-year old Swedish extreme skier passes away while filming for Ubisoft's Steep.

Matilda Rapaport, a 30-year-old professional skier from Sweden, passed away a few days ago after suffering injuries sustained during an avalanche while filming in Chile. Rapaport was shooting promotional material for Ubisoft’s new extreme sports game, Steep.

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The accident occurred outside of the resort town Farrelones, where a large snowstorm swept through the region last Thursday. Rapaport was in a coma for a week before she passed away due to lack of oxygen and brain damage.

Red Bull, one of Rapaport’s sponsors, issued this statement to The Guardian:

“Matilda was an extraordinary athlete, traveling the world to find her passion, ride steep terrain and share her bright smile,”

Rapaport’s death has been a heavy blow to the skiing community. Amid recent discussions about the increased risks that extreme skiers are taking in order to further their sport, a mishap like Rapaport’s is surely hard to face. Only a few months ago Powder Magazine, a skiing publication, released an article which interviewed extreme skiers about the dangers of the sport. Rapaport appeared on the cover of that issue. 

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