Brittany George, a 24-year-old Australian skier, was found dead in a Brisbane suburb less than a week after she was reported missing.
Brittany George’s family and friends are mourning her passing.
According to the Courier Mail, the 24-year-old aspiring Olympian and Australian aerial skier was found dead on January 27 in a Brisbane suburb in Queensland, Australia. George was last seen on January 21 in the same general region. Her death has yet to be officially attributed.
In order to qualify for the Winter Olympics, George—who was a member of Australia’s Olympic Winter Institute from 2017 to 2020—participated in a number of significant international contests. However, the athlete’s career was cut short by a back ailment, forcing her to retire early. For the first time in October, she spoke openly about how the injuries had affected her daily life.
Since the age of 2, she has been referred to as “the athlete.” “It has really been my whole existence,” she remarked on the Couching the Mind podcast. “I did not have an identity. I was labeled ‘the athlete’ from a very young age and just rode with it.”
She further said: “I put everything in. My injuries [and] my schoolwork went second-hand, everything went second-hand to sport… It was absolutely all or nothing.”
George also talked on the difficulty of transitioning from sports to a non-athletic career. “You’re an athlete but who am I? Who am I as a person? Who is Brittany?” she informed me. “I don’t know that… I struggle every day to know who that is.”
George’s family set up a GoFundMe page after learning of her death, with the proceeds going “straight towards funeral costs and arrangements to commemorate Brittany’s life.” George died on March 22. Per the description, the leftover monies will also be donated to Lifeline, a non-profit organization that provides 24/7 crisis help.
“On Thursday, 27th of January 2022, our world stopped when we learned the sad news that our darling Brittany had passed away,” a message on the GoFundMe campaign reads. “Anyone who knew Brittany, knew that she was determined and courageous, whilst also caring and kind. This was exemplified by her esteemed attributes as a former professional Elite Gymnast, and former Olympic Freestyle Aerial Skier with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia.”
“Traveling the world to do this, she met and impacted so many people’s lives in such a positive way that I am sure would last a lifetime,” it said. “Always willing to support anyone who needed a hand with such selfless commitment, it was an honor to be called her family or friend.”
In an interview with the Courier Mail, George Gus’s father Constantine Gus said that his daughter was “the most lovely, gorgeous girl from the very beginning.”
“”She had the athletic prowess to adopt anything she tried and excel with it,” he said. “But had that extra driven mentality to perfect her craft, which not many people will ever have.”
“Her eyes were full of wonder, knowledge, understanding beyond her years and her pure soul was just flowing with love and compassion for everyone.” Gus said of his daughter.