Champion Skier Matilda Rapaport Killed In Chile While Filming For ‘Steep’ Video Game
The gaming industry includes taking proper shots to make them realistic but risks are not excluded. Sadly, a 30-year-old champion skier, Matilda Rapaport, was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
According to a report from TMZ, Rapaport was shooting scenes for an upcoming Ubisoft video game titled “Steep”. The champion big mountain skier got caught in the middle of a snow storm over at the Andes mountains near Chicago last week.
Help came too late for Rapaport
Rapaport fell prey to an avalanche while shooting scenes last Thursday and eventually got trapped. Help came frantically to try and get to her but the rescue team found her in pretty bad shape.
Once the team got to her, she was suffering from oxygen deprivation and brain damage. She was taken to the hospital, spending the weekend in a coma. Rapaport eventually passed away Monday.
Matilda Rapaport was originally an alpine ski racer before eventually joining the Free World Tour. She is credited of ruling the 2011 Scandinavian Big Mountain Championship per People.com.
Below is the official statement from Ubisoft thru Game Spot:
"Matilda's courage, passion, and desire to share the sport she loved with the world served as an inspiration for other athletes and for us all," the statement said. "This tragic accident has deeply touched us. Our hearts and prayers go out to her husband and her wider family at this difficult time."
A photo posted by Matilda Rapaport (@matildarapaport) on May 4, 2016 at 6:17am PDT
A dangerous sport
Skiing may seem harmless but is considered something with risks. BBC points out that Rapaport’s death comes after famed skiers Jean-Paul Auclair who also fell prey to an avalanche.
There is also that 2013 incident involving Michael Schumacher to consider. The F1 legend suffered serious head injuries while skiing, resulting in traumatic brain injury. Schumacher was able to survive the ordeal but continues to struggle getting back a normal life.