Belarusian skier Maxim Gustik dies at the age of 35

 December 10, 2023

Winter sports fans were saddened this weekend to learn that superstar Belarusian skier Maxim Gustik died at the age of 35. 

The Belarusian website Sport5 reported that the athlete and coach sustained fatal injuries after he was struck by a car on Saturday.

Maxim enjoyed a career that spanned across two decades

Sport5 noted that Gustik spent his teenage years on the slopes and won back-to-back youth world championships in 2006 and 2007.

According to the Belarusian website Charter97, Gustik first debuted at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in 2008 and went on to appear another nine times.

Maxim won bronze medal at 2015 World Championships, skied in two Olympic games

His best performance came in 2015 when he won a bronze medal at the World Championships which were held in Austria that year.

Charter97 noted how in addition to the World Cup, Gustkin also made it to two Winter Olympic Games, appearing in Pyeongchang, South Korea and Beijing, China.

French professional skier Tof Henry dies while skiing in Chilean volcano

Gustik's passing came less than two months after Outside magazine reported that French professional skier Tof Henry lost his life while exploring the Putiagudo Volcano in the Los Lagos region of Chile.

Henry's fellow skiers were left mourning his death, with some posting tributes to their late colleague on social media.

They included Austrian Eva Walkner, who said on her Instagram account that she "will remember Tof as a very special and great character with a very big heart and probably the fastest steep skier I've ever met."

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