Brittany George, an Australian skier and Olympic hopeful, has been found dead after reportedly going missing.
According to Courier-Mail, the 24-year-old’s body was located in a Brisbane neighbourhood on January 27. She is believed to have last been seen on January 21.
So far, her cause of death has yet to be revealed.
As reported by 7News, an urgent search was ordered by the Queensland Police Service after her family said George’s disappearance was ‘out of character’.
Following the news of her tragic death, her father, Constantine Gus, spoke out about the skier’s ‘amazing and beautiful’ soul.
He reportedly told Courier-Mail: “She had the athletic prowess to adopt anything she tried and excel with it, but had that extra driven mentality to perfect her craft, which not many people will ever have.
“Just an amazing, beautiful soul.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up in George’s honour, which will reportedly cover her funeral costs.
From 2017 to 2020, the 24-year-old was a member of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia and she competed in major competitions around the world.
However, her dreams were put to an end when she suffered a back injury.
Last year, George spoke out about her mental health struggles and career-ending wounds on the Coaching the Mind podcast.
At the time, she said: “It has literally been my whole life, I’ve been ‘the athlete’ from when I was two until when I was 20 or 21.
“I did not have an identity. I was labelled ‘the athlete’ from a very young age and just rode with it… everything went second-hand to sport.”
She continued: “You’re an athlete but who am I? Who am I as a person? Who is Brittany? I don’t know that.
“I struggle every day to know who that is.”
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