Luce Douady, described as a very promising member of the French climbing team, was with friends in the southeastern part of the country when she fell from a cliff, the French Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing confirmed.
She was described as "brilliant in competition" by the French Mountain Climbing Federation, which expressed "the vast sadness of the climbing community".
"This awful news hit her training comrades, her coaches and her club, Chambéry Escalade, hard".
The French star won the junior world championship in bouldering past year. "The entire federation is in mourning".
Tributes have been paid from the world of professional sports climbing.
Sport climbing is one of a number of new Olympic events and will feature for the first time at the Tokyo Games, which have been delayed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Luce Douady was heading to an unexplored sector of a cliff near Grenoble when she slipped and fell from the approach path, French media report. "Brilliant in competition", thet federation said.
Her club, Chambéry Escalade, described Douady as a "beautiful person" in a statement on Facebook Monday.
She made her first foray into senior competition past year, placing fifth at the Bouldering World Cup in Vail, Colorado. "She went as she lived, living life to the fullest".
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The 2024 Paris Olympics committee tweeted a picture of Douady, writing: 'Luce Douady was a promising talent of French climbing, a true champion who had so many summits to climb.
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