Olympian Patrick Gasienica has died aged 24.
Gasienica was a highly accomplished professional ski jumper from the US.
He showcased his skills on an international stage, participating in the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022, along with other global events.
During this season, he took part in the Continental Cup held in Iron Mountain, Michigan, securing a 37th-place finish.
However, USA Nordic Sport and US Ski and Snowboard has now confirmed the news of his tragic passing.
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Tragically, the cause of Gasienica’s death remains unconfirmed, but according to the Chicago Daily Herald, he was reportedly involved in a motorcycle accident while returning home from work on Monday afternoon.
USA Nordic Sport and US Ski and Snowboard released a statement with more details.
They wrote: “Former US Ski Jumping athlete and Olympian Patrick Gasienica passed away Monday night at the age of 24.
“Gasienica grew up Ski Jumping at the Norge Ski Club and made his FIS Ski Jumping debut in 2015.
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“Gasienica represented the United States at two FIS Junior World Ski Championships in 2016 and 2017, the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld, as well as the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.
“USA Nordic Sport’s thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and the ski Jumping community.
“Patrick Gasienica’s obituary and funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by the family.”
Patrick Gasienica, born to Polish immigrants from Zakopane, was a renowned hub for winter sports and honed his skills at the Norge Ski Club near Chicago.
His talent and dedication led him to represent the United States at the Beijing Olympics, where he made his debut and achieved 49th place in the normal hill event and 53rd place in the large hill event.
Additionally, Gasienica contributed to the USA team’s commendable fourth-place finish in the team event, showcasing his collaborative spirit and competitive drive.
“Patrick was a very well-liked ski jumper in the jumping community,” Norge Ski Club coach Scott Smith said.
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“Our hearts are truly broken, and Patrick will be forever missed.”
Within a brief span of less than 24 hours, a memorial fund established in honour of Gasienica has amassed over $6,500 (£5,100) to provide support for his grieving family.
The untimely passing of Gasienica marks yet another heartbreaking loss for the United States Olympic community, following the recent death of Tori Bowie, a 32-year-old track and field gold medalist.
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