Ellie Soutter, one of the most exciting snowboarding prospects in the world, has died at the age of just 18. The tragic news was released in a statement by British Ski and Snowboard. The statement did not elaborate on a cause of death but described the passing as “sudden” includes information about the United Kingdom’s suicide prevention hotline. The announcement of her death came the day after her eighteenth birthday.
The press release highlighted some of Soutter’s achievements including winning a bronze medal at the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Turkey. Her medal was the only medal achieved by Team Great Britain. The press release ends with, “The thoughts and condolences of the British Ski & Snowboard community are with Ellie’s family, friends and teammates.”
During the 2017/18 season, Soutter competed as part of the Freeride Junior Tour and had been selected as a member of the British team for the Junior World Championships in New Zealand. In 2018, Soutter was part of the inaugural British Europa Cup snowboard cross program.
Source: Heavy Sports