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Olympic gold medallist dies in jet-skiing accident aged 38

The body of Norwegian cross-country skiier Vibeke Skofterud was found by rescuers on Sunday.

Skofterud retired from top-level cross-country skiing in 2015.
Skofterud retired from top-level cross-country skiing in 2015.
Image: Imago/PA Images

NORWEGIAN CROSS-COUNTRY skier Vibeke Skofterud, an Olympic gold medallist and double world champion in relay, has died in a jet-ski accident at 38, Norwegian authorities said.

Skofterud was reported missing on Saturday. Her body was found on Sunday morning on a small island near the town of Arendal.

“All the indications are that it was a jet-ski accident,” Sveinung Alsaker of the local police said in a press release.

Skofterud won gold in the 4 x 5km relay at the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010. She was also part of the team that won the same event at the 2005 and 2011 World Championships. She retired from skiing in January 2014.

Imago 20100225 Skofterud (far left) with Kristin Stoermer Steira, Therese Johaug and Marit Bjoergen after winning Olympic gold in 2010. Source: Imago/PA Images

I have lost one of my best friends,” said Therese Johaug, a team-mate in the 2010 and 2011 medal-winning teams, via the Norwegian Ski Federation.

“A friend who illuminated the room when she came in, spreading her energy, love and attention all around her.”

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