AOC mourns tragic passing of Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin
The three-time Winter Olympian and two-times world champion snowboard cross athlete carried the flag for the Australian Team at the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in 2014.
The Australian Olympic Team’s Chef de Mission at Vancouver (2010), Sochi (2014) and PyeongChang (2018) Ian Chesterman described Alex Pullin as a natural leader.
“This is an incredibly sad day for us all. Chumpy was a champion bloke as well as being a champion athlete. He had great charisma that allowed him to be a natural leader.
“He was always prepared to give his time to build winter sport in this country because he was so passionate about what he did. His enthusiasm was infectious and his impact on Olympic sport can’t be overstated.
“Chumpy will be greatly missed, not just within our winter sports family but by the so many people he impacted on both here and overseas.
“This is a desperately sad time for his family, his friends, teammates and all in winter sports. We are all devastated and our heartfelt sympathies go to his loved ones,” Mr Chesterman said.
Chief Executive Officer of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) Geoff Lipshut also paid tribute to Alex Pullin’s contribution to elite snow sport in Australia.
“Chumpy was Australia’s great snowboard male pioneer. As a junior, he won a medal at the World Junior Championships, before going on to two World Championships, two World Cup Championships and three Olympics Games.
“From day one of his 12 years as an Olympic Winter Institute of Australia athlete, Chumpy attacked each day, competition and training session with his trademark intensity, purpose, energy and enthusiasm.
“Chumpy was a leader, a great champion and will be missed by all of the winter sports community both in Australia and around the World. It is very sad,” Mr Lipshut concluded.
The Australian Olympic Committee passes on its condolences to Alex’s family, his many friends, teammates and colleagues.
- 3 x Olympian – Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014 , PyeongChang 2018
- 2 x World Champion (2011, 2013) and 1 bronze (2017), as well as overall World Cup title in both 2011 and 2013
- Best result at Olympics – 6th at PyeongChang