Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin: Snowboarder feared dead after Gold Coast incident

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Pullin was a two-time world champion and three-time Olympian.

A police spokesperson said a 32-year-old man, later identified as Pullin, was unresponsive when taken from the water and died despite receiving CPR from lifeguards and emergency treatment from paramedics.

Two-time champion and victor of the world Cup snowboard 32-year-old Alex Pullin drowned Wednesday, July 8, during a spearfishing on Australia's Gold coast, according to public broadcaster ABC.

Camera IconPullin was the flag bearer for Australia at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

"The world will miss such a talented human and a double world champion without ego and without selfishness who is everyone's best mate", wrote former Australian speed skater Steven Bradbury.

"Unreal day in the ocean!", he said.

"Chumpy was a champion bloke as well as being a champion athlete".

Many were heartbroken to lose an icon of the sport, someone many believed had potential to bring further Olympic glory to Australia.

"We are all devastated and our heartfelt sympathies go to his loved ones".

"From day one of his 12 years as an Olympic Winter Institute of Australia athlete, Chumpy attacked each day, competition and training session with his trademark intensity, purpose, energy and enthusiasm".

Chumpy Pullin became the first Australian winter sport athlete to win consecutive World Championships when he secured a second snowboard cross title in Stoneham, Canada.

"Chumpy was a leader, a great champion and will be missed by all of the winter sports community both in Australia and around the World. It is very sad", Mr Lipshut concluded.

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