Micky Geller, one of the world’s best young water skiers, has died aged 18.
Geller was on a full-ride waterskiing scholarship at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
The freshman was studying kinesiology and marketing alongside his watersports training and competitions.
The university confirmed his passing in a statement and tributes have since been pouring in.
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Geller’s scholarship was with US national champions the Ragin Cajuns and was a very highly regarded athlete.
His cause of death has not yet been disclosed.
The university statement reads: “It is with great sadness that the University will lower the University flag to half-staff in memory of Michael Arthur ‘Micky’ Geller.
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“His friends and family remain in the thoughts, hearts and prayers of many at the University.”
The University of Louisiana-Lafayette is a nine-time waterskiing champion in the National Collegiate Water Ski Association.
The university recognised his vibrant approach to life, remarking that he had accomplished more in his 18 years than many people do in a lifetime.
Water Ski Canada also posted on social media about the tragic news, noting that he had ‘died suddenly’.
They also expressed their admiration for Geller’s dedication and passion for the sport.
Hailing from Carp, Ontario, Geller began waterskiing at the age of four and went on to become a member of Canada’s junior national water ski team.
He represented his country in various prestigious competitions, including the IWWF World Championships, the Jr. US Masters Water Ski Tournament, and the Pan American Championships in 2022.
Geller achieved the remarkable feat of being ranked sixth in the world as a junior waterskier for the U21 jump, specializing in the Slalom, Trick, and Jump events.
The Ragin Cajuns water ski team wrote on Facebook: “Micky was a valued member of both The Ragin’ Cajuns Water Ski Team and Water Ski Canada.
“His love for water skiing was evident in everything he did, from his training and competitions to his interactions with his teammates and coaches.”
They highlighted his exceptional skills and praised his positive influence on his teammates and coaches.
Geller’s teammates took to social media to mourn his untimely passing, sharing their love and memories of him.
Fellow waterskier Annemarie Wroblewski expressed her deep affection for Geller and recounted his joy in being part of the team and attending the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
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She says: “We love you so much Micky.
“He always said how glad and how proud he was to be able to go to UL and be on the waterski team with all of us. He was looking forward to the U21 worlds and being able to continue skiing.”
Geller had high aspirations for the U21 world championships and his continued involvement in waterskiing.
Geller’s family, in an obituary, reflected on his adventurous spirit and the immense potential he possessed.
They wrote: “With his full-throttle approach to life, Micky experienced more in his 18 years than many ever will.
“However, he was just cracking the surface of the possibilities that lay ahead.”
Micky Geller is survived by his parents, Bobbiann and Mitch, as well as his sister, Chloe.
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