Olympic snowboarder Pomagalski dies

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Julie Pomagalski, a former Olympian and world champion snowboarder, has died in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps. She was 40.

Pomagalski competed in the parallel giant slalom at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 2006 Turin Games for France. She won gold in the snowboard cross at the world championships in 1999.

The French ski federation said Pomagalski died on Tuesday but did not specify the location.

French and Swiss media widely reported the avalanche took place on Gemsstock mountain in the Swiss canton of Uri.

The federation said a guide, Bruno Cutelli, also died in the avalanche.

The French Olympic team offered their condolences on Twitter.

"The tragic death of Julie, an Olympian and world champion snowboarder, leaves the French Olympic team in mourning for one of its own," the team said.