Maximilian Reinelt dead at 30: Olympic rowing champion dies while skiing in St Moritz
Tributes have poured in after the German reportedly collapsed while he was cross-country skiing in St. Moritz.
It is reported that paramedics were called to the scene, but were unable to save the 30-year-old.
Reinelt was part of Germany's eight-man crew that won gold at the London Olympics in 2012 and silver at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
And he won two world championship gold medals and multiple European titles.
Following the tragic news, Team Germany released a statement to pay tribute to the legendary Olympian.
It read: "He was first and foremost a friend, someone we could rely on not just in training and competition, but throughout our lives.
"At the moment we find it incredibly difficult to find the appropriate words to honour Maximilian's life, for he can no longer be part of our community exceeds our imagination.
"Our thoughts and sympathy are with his fiancee, his parents and siblings."
Siegfried Kaidel, chairman of the German Rowing Federation, said: "His surprise death which came far too early makes me indefinitely sad.
"Everyone who knew him was captivated by his friendly nature. He will be missed. "
Reinelt ended his rowing career in 2016 to complete his medical studies and he was set to work as a team doctor for Germany's Under-23 squad.
Before he started rowing professionally, he studied medicine at the Ruhr University in Bochum.
In November 2016, he received the Silver Lorbeerby award by former German president Joachim Gauck for his incredible achievements.
In the coming week, he was expected to join the Under-23 squad at a training camp at Mequeinenza, Spain.
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