The sports world suffered a great loss as pro skier Matilda Rapaport died on July 18 after being crushed by an avalanche. As fans mourn her tragic death, get to know more Matilda’s incredible life and amazing career.
1. She was born and raised in Sweden.
Matilda Rapaport, 30, was born in Stockholm and began skiing in one of the local ski clubs as a kid, according to her official website. “By fifteen I moved to Järpen to race longer slopes and study at Åre Alpine Senior High School,” she wrote. “Those years taught me a lot about skiing and life in general.”
3. Matilda was a skiing champion.
Once Matilda switched over to freeride skiing, she became one of “the top tier of the Freeride World Tour for several years,” a spokesperson for her sponsor, Red Bull, said following her death, per the International Business Times. She won the Scandinavian Big Mountain Championship in 2011 and won the “most prestigious and hardest freeride competition, the Xtreme Verbier, in 2013.
3. Matilda found love on the slopes.
Though Matilda’s life ended on the slope, skiing brought her success in life – and love. While in high school, she met Mattias Hargin, 30, a Swedish World Cup alpine ski racer. More importantly, he was Matilda’s “better half,” according to her. What makes her loss even more heartbreaking is that hey were just recently married.
4. She had survived an avalanche before!
Matilda was caught up in an avalanche in Chile while shooting footage for a video game on July 14. She fell into a coma and passed away on July 18. Her fans and family hoped she would have survived this as she survived a prior avalanche incident while skiing in Alaska in 2014.
5. Skiing was her life — until it met a tragic end.
In addition to competing, Matilda spent three years managing Ski Lodge Engelberg. She was bitten by the business bug, and in 2012, she launched her own PR and marketing consultancy that focused on generating tourism. In addition to that, she appeared on skiing magazines, including Powder. As a dark foreshadowing to her sad fate, in that issue, she spoke about the dangers involved in extreme sports.
Our thoughts continue to go out to Matilda’s family, friends and loved ones during their time of loss.