Swedish freerider Mathilda Rapaport is in an induced coma after an avalanche in Chile.
According to aftonbladet.se and Unofficial Networks, Swedish freerider Mathilda Rapaport was caught in an avalanche on Thursday, July 14 while filming in Chile. After a search, Rapaport was transported to a hospital in Santiago, where she remains in intensive care.
Rapaport was not visibly injured in the avalanche but suffered from asphyxiation while buried, according to her manager Hakan Hansson, who told Aftonbladet that the situation is critical.
A regular on the Freeride World Tour circuit, Rapaport has competed at the top level of freeriding and traveled the world to film when she isn’t chasing powder in her adopted home of Engelberg, Switzerland. In the February 2015 issue of Downdays, Rapaport recounted the experience of getting caught in an avalanche while filming in Alaska.
On the morning of July 14, Rapaport posted an Instagram video panning across a snow-covered village with imposing Andean peaks in the background. “Morning bliss ✨ #STEEPgame #farrellones” was her comment. Since the avalanche, over 500 comments have been posted to the video sending thoughts and prayers to Rapaport and her family. Her sponsor Red Bull has also posted a statement of support.
We at Downdays would like to add our voices to the outpouring of support for Rapaport and her family during this very difficult time. We are hoping and praying for Mathilda, and will keep you updated as we learn more.
Cover image and video from @mathildarapaport