Skier Jean Daniel Pession, girlfriend fall 700m to their deaths

A professional skier and his girlfriend have died in an apparent hiking accident when they allegedly fell more than 700m on Mount Zerbion in Italy.

As first reported by TMZ and RAINews, skier Jean Daniel Pession and girlfriend Elisa Arlian, a ski instructor, were together when the tragedy occurred.

Pession, 28, placed 22nd at the 2022 World Ski Championships in speed skating, The New York Post reported.

Arlian’s Instagram profile shows many photos of the happy couple together — and also shows that she was an elementary school teacher.

The Italian Winter Sports Federation confirmed the news in a statement on its website.

“A terrible tragedy has struck the world of winter sports and speed skiing in particular,” the organization said in a statement on its website, translated into English.

“Jean Daniel Pession, a twenty-eight-year-old member of the World Cup team, lost his life in a tragic mountain accident that occurred above Champoluc (Ao). Along with Pession, his girlfriend also died.”

The Italian Winter Sports Federation added that Pession, who was at home in the Aosta Valley, finished 15th in the World Cup standings three years ago.

“President Flavio Roda and the entire federation express their condolences to the Pession family for this tragic accident,” the statement continued.

It is not clear what caused the pair to fall, but they are believed to have known the peak they were climbing and worried family members when they did not return – prompting 911 calls and three helicopters to search for Pession and Arliano – from the hike , RAINews reports.

Those searching for Pession and Arlian were eventually able to locate signals from their cell phones, which eventually helped find them, according to the report.

“They were almost at the top, just a step away, when the mountain they loved so much suddenly betrayed them,” RAINews reported, according to People.

“When they were found, they were still bound together, as in a last embrace.”

— This story originally appeared in The New York Post and has been republished with permission

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