The French Mountain Climbing Federation (FFME) has announced that
16-year-old climbing prodigy Luce Douady was killed in a fall while
exploring cliffs near her home in southeastern France.
The teenager was with a group of friends when she slipped and fell 150
meters on to an exposed section of access path while crossing between
two climbing areas.
“It is with immense sadness that the climbing community learned this
Sunday of the death of one of their own,” the FFME said on its website.
“Luce was a very promising young athlete from the French climbing team.
At only 16, the future was before her. Today, the whole federation is in
“We obviously think of her family and we will be at their disposal.”
The FFME also said that Douady – a junior world champion in bouldering – was “in love with all facets of climbing”.
It added: “Brilliant in competition, third at the 2019 European
Difficulty Championship, world champion of young boulders in 2019 at
Arco and fifth at the end of her first stage of the World Cup of
boulders in Vail that same year, Luce Douady was a in love with all
facets of climbing, capable of major achievements in natural sites.”