US skier Kyle Smaine, age 31, was reportedly killed in an avalanche in Japan, according to a heartbreaking Instagram post by his wife Jenna Dramise. The tragic news was announced as the American freestyle skier was on his last day of a promotional tour for Ikon Pass and Nagano Tourism.
Kyle was reportedly stuck in the avalanche with another Austrian skier, whose identity and name have not yet been revealed to the public. Doctors arrived on the site and made rescue attempts, but Kyle and the other skier were both declared to be unresponsive.
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Who is Jenna Dramise?
Jenna Dramise is one of the most promising young snowboarders on the scene. At the Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe Finals, this snowboarder finished second and is now moving up to the professional ranks. According to her Instagram bio, she lives in South Lake Tahoe and is also a wanna-be cyclist.
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Dramise was the first to announce the passing of her husband, Kyle Smaine, in an Instagram post.
She stated: “Dear Husband and my whole world, officially married November 18, 2022, which not many people knew about. I’m so incredibly thankful that I got to marry you and have you in my life. You loved skiing more than anyone I’ve ever met. I picked you up hitchhiking in New Zealand 2010 and who would have thought we would be married 13 years later. The best damn years of my life. I know you had the best runs in your life out there in Japan and could never blame you for doing what you loved. I do wish I could tell you that one secret I always had, that I loved you. It never really was a secret because I said it at least 10 times a day to you. I can’t wait to see you again. Tonight I hope to ride some pow or bikes with you in my dreams. Love your Wife.”
According to the authorities, Smaine and the Australian skier were two of the 13 victims of the avalanche. The officials have not, however, publicly released the details of the fatalities.