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Olympic family share their sorrow after the loss of Alex "Chumpy" Pullin

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The tragic news of Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin's untimely passing yesterday left the Olympic community reeling.

The outpouring of grief and heartfelt tributes from athletes across the sporting world, teammates, fans and young riders he has inspired were a reminder of just what an impact 'Chumpy' had throughout his lifetime.


I am shocked and deeply saddened that you're gone. I'm really lost for words... It's shaken many people here and around the world. All I can think about is the legacy you've left behind. We have had a lot of time together, many memories, with my favourite being at the end of the 2016 World Cup. I vividly remember that season with you and how it was a tough one for both of us. But, we topped it off by winning the last World Cup together. We won double gold for Australia! It was a first for Australia in snowboard cross and it was the first World Cup win for me. I remember crossing the finish line and collapsing to my knees with tears of joy and then went to the side lines to watch you race. I screamed, yelled and cheered as you raced all the way down until you crossed that line. We both threw our hands up at the same time and roared in triumph. I broke through the finishing area barriers and rushed over to hug you. I was so so happy for you. I remember looking at you and we both teared up as we realised what had happened. It was a moment I've always and always will cherish. You're a good man, athlete and role model. Always living life to its fullest, full of energy and always up for the challenge when it presents itself. Chumpy, Thankyou for your passion, drive and energy. Thankyou for the legacy you have left behind. Thankyou for what you have done for snowboarding especially in Australia. Without you, it wouldn't be the same. Ride on Chumpy, Belle❤️

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Today we are mourning the sudden and tragic loss of Alex "Chumpy" Pullin while spearfishing off the Gold Coast in Australia. Along with our partners at The Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), we recognize and honour Alex's life and contribution to sport. As a two-time World Champion and three-time Olympian, Alex attended Vancouver (2010), Sochi (2014), and PyeongChang (2018) representing Australia in snowboard cross. Alex exemplified everything good about sport: passion, commitment, discipline, and comradery that made him a true icon. Alex was known for being a generous teammate and engaged mentor to many young athletes. Offering his deepest sympathies on Alex's passing, Peter Schure, Vice President of Teams And Sponsorships, shares that, "Chumpy was a true ambassador of sport. He exemplified all that is good and we celebrate his passion, his career, and his life. His passing truly leaves a big hole in our hearts". As the apparel sponsor to the OWIA and AOC since 2003, we at Karbon offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and teammates. Alex will be sorely missed. To honour Alex's commitment to sport in Australia and his enduring legacy in snowboarding around the world, we are renaming our custom Australian team competition jacket, "The Chumpy". During the World Cup season and at the upcoming Beijing Olympics in 2022, athletes wearing their team jackets will keep Alex's memory alive from the opening ceremony to the final moments of the games. Ride on, Chumpy.

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Rest in Peace, Chumpy.

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