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Alex Pullin

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Alex Pullin
Alex Pullin.jpg
Pullin in 2010
Personal information
Nickname(s)Chumpy
Born(1987-09-20)20 September 1987
Mansfield, Victoria
Died8 July 2020(2020-07-08) (aged 32)
Gold Coast, Queensland
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in) (2014)[1]
Weight87 kg (192 lb) (2014)
Sport
CountryAustralia
SportSnowboarding
Event(s)Snowboard Cross Men
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking2nd
Updated on 31 January 2016.

Alex Pullin (20 September 1987Template:Spnd8 July 2020), nicknamed Chumpy,[2][3] was an Australian snowboarder who competed at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics.[4] He was a two-time snowboard cross (boardercross) world champion.[2]

Early life[edit source | edit]

Pullin was born on 20 September 1987 in Mansfield, Victoria.[2] He started snowboarding at a young age, and came to prefer snowboard cross because he considered it "the most pure form of competition".[2] His parents owned a ski hire shop.[5]

Career[edit source | edit]

Pullin competed for Australia at the 2010 Winter Olympics in snowboard cross (boardercross). He had the fastest qualifying time (1:20.15) in his event,[6] but was eliminated in the first round of competition, finishing in 17th place by virtue of his qualifying time.[7]

Pullin was the flag bearer for the Australian Winter Olympic team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia,[3] and competed in the men's snowboard cross. One of the favourites in that event, Pullin was eliminated in the quarterfinals.[1][8] The Australian government had given Pullin $500,000 in funding for the event, more than any other Australian competitor.[9] At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Pullin again competed in the Men's Snowboard Cross and came in sixth place, having crashed out during the final race.[10] He was the number one ranked competitor in the event according to the world rankings prior to the Games.[11] Fellow Australian Jarryd Hughes came second at the event, but Pullin did not congratulate him due to a personal feud between them.[12]

Aside from the Olympics, Pullin started competing in the Winter X Games since 2008. He won a silver medal in the 2016 event in Aspen, Colorado, US.[10][13] He won the snowboard cross events at the 2011 and 2013 FIS Snowboarding World Championships,[14] making him the first Australian to defend a Snowboarding World Championships title.[15] In 2011, Pullin also won a gold medal at the New Zealand Winter Games.[15] In the 2016–17 FIS Snowboard World Cup, Pullin came fourth overall and won an event in Germany. He also won two bronze medals in events in Austria and Switzerland.[11] Pullin won the first 2017–18 FIS Snowboard World Cup event, and came third at the next two events.[11]

In 2011, he became an ambassador for Suzuki Australia as part of a sponsorship with the vehicle manufacturer.[16] Outside of snowboarding, Pullin fronted a reggae band called Love Charli.[17]

In 2020, Pullin announced his retirement from the sport.[18]

Death[edit source | edit]

On 8 July 2020, Pullin drowned on the Gold Coast in Queensland, at the age of 32.[19] He was believed to have been spearfishing by himself at an artificial reef off Palm Beach.[19][20] Pullin's body was spotted on the ocean floor by a snorkeller.[19] Lifeguards attempted to resuscitate him using cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 45–50 minutes, but he did not recover.[19]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Alex Chumpy Pullin". sochi2014.olympics.com.au. Australian Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Bilton, Dean (8 July 2020). "Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin, dead at 32, led a life from the foot of Mt Buller to the top of the world". ABC News. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Brown, Matt (6 February 2014). "Pullin announced as Australia's Sochi flag bearer". ABC News Sport. Archived from the original on 1 November 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  4. "Alex Pullin: Australian world-champion snowboarder dies". BBC News. Archived from the original on 8 July 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  5. "Vale 'Chumpy' Pullin, snowboarder supreme". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  6. "Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics | Olympic Video Medals News". Vancouver2010.com. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  7. "Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics | Olympic Video Medals News". Vancouver2010.com. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  8. "No luck for Aussie men in Snowboard Cross | Sochi 2014". Sochi2014.olympics.com.au. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  9. "Sochi Games: Did Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin deliver enough bang for the taxpayer buck?". The Sydney Morning Herald. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Winter Olympics: Jarryd Hughes wins silver for Australia in Pyeongchang snowboard cross final". ABC News. 15 February 2018. Archived from the original on 12 September 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Winter Olympics 2018: The top 10 Australian athletes to watch". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 February 2018. Archived from the original on 27 February 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  12. "Jarryd Hughes's Olympic silver shines light on Australian team rift". The Guardian. 16 February 2018. Archived from the original on 8 June 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  13. "Jarryd Hughes takes out gold at X-Games". Special Broadcasting Service. 1 February 2016. Archived from the original on 3 April 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  14. "Australian snowboarding world champion Alex Pullin dies while spearfishing in Queensland". The Daily Telegraph. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin: The humble face of Aussie winter sports taken away far too soon". Fox Sports. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  16. Alex Pullin Pro Snowboarder/Musician. "Alex Pullin Profile – Competition History". Espn.go.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  17. Winter Olympics: Big hopes on the slopes Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Qantas Travel Insider, February 2010.
  18. "Alex Pullin death: World champion snowboarder dies aged 32". The Independent. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 "Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin, Australian Olympic snowboarder, dies in spearfishing accident at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast". ABC News. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  20. "Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin dead: Champion snowboarder found unresponsive after drowning off Palm Beach". Nine News. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.

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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Torah Bright
Flagbearer for  Australia
Sochi 2014
Succeeded by
Scotty James

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