Two time snow boarding world champion, Alex Pullin died while spearfishing in Australia.
32-year-old Pullin was treated by paramedics off a beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast but could not be revived.
In the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Pullin was the flag bearer.
Local media reported that a snorkeler spotted Pullin unconscious underwater on an artificial reef. The lifeguard brought him to the shore and called paramedics.
Pullin appeared to have been diving alone.
“He didn’t have an oxygen mask, we understand he was free diving and spearfishing out on the reef,” Officer Chris Tritton said.
The chief executive of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, Geoff Lipshut, described the athlete as “one of our great winter sports pioneers”.
Pullin retired from snowboarding last month but had not announced the decision yet, Lipshut added.
He grew up in the town of Mansfield, Victoria, first learned to snowboard when he was eight years old. He won the world championship titles in 2011 and 2013. He also represented Australia in snowboard cross at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Olympics.