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Who was Alex “Chumpy” Pullin?

Alex Chumpy Pullin (20 September 1987 – 8 July 2020, was an Australian snowboarder who competed at 2010, 2014, and 2018 Winter Olympics. He was a two-time snowboard cross (boardercross) world champion.

Alex Pullin’s widow welcomes baby 15 months after his death

Olympic snowboarder’s widow welcomes baby 15 months after his death
Olympic snowboarder’s widow welcomes baby 15 months after his death

More than a year after Alex “Chumpy” Pullin died, his partner Ellidy has given birth to their daughter, she announced in an Instagram post. Ellidy Pullin used in vitro fertilization after the former Olympian and two-time world champion snowboarder died while spearfishing in Australia.

Ellidy Pullin welcomed Minnie Alex Pullin on October 25, nearly four months after announcing she was pregnant on Instagram.

“Bubba Chump coming this October,” Ellidy Pullin wrote in a post in June. “Your Dad and I have been dreaming of you for years little one. With a heart wrenching plot twist in the middle, I am honoured to finally welcome a piece of the phenomenon that is Chumpy back into this world!”

Chumpy Pullin, 32, went spearfishing at Palm Beach reef in Queensland, Australia, in July 2020, and was “pulled unconscious from the water,” Ellidy Pullin told Vogue Australia in an interview last month.

She also told Vogue about her decision to do in vitro fertilization after her partner died.

“Chumpy and I had been trying for a baby for nine months before the accident, and, like many couples, were hoping for a positive pregnancy test each month,” she said. “We were beginning to consider our options and had started to think about IVF. In the immediate hours following Chumpy’s accident, a close friend gently floated the idea of sperm retrieval. With the support of Chumpy’s family, it wasn’t a question of ‘if’ but ‘how’.”

Alex “Chumpy” Pullin Biography, Wiki

Alex Chumpy Pullin was an Australian snowboarder who competed at the 2010, 2014, and 2018 Winter Olympics. He was a two-time snowboard cross (boardercross) world champion. He began snowboarding while young, and came to prefer snowboard cross because he considered it “the purest form of competition”.

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

He was the flag bearer for the Australian Winter Olympic team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and competed in the men’s snowboard cross. One of the favorites in that event, he was eliminated in the quarterfinals. The Australian government had given him $500,000 in funding for the event, more than any other Australian competitor.

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. He was the number one ranked competitor in the event according to the world rankings prior to the Games. Fellow Australian Jarryd Hughes came second at the event, but Pullin did not congratulate him due to a personal feud between them.

Alex "Chumpy" Pullin Biography
Alex “Chumpy” Pullin
Nickname(s)Chumpy
Born20 September 1987
Mansfield, Victoria, Australia
Died8 July 2020 (aged 32)
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in) (2014)
Weight87 kg (192 lb) (2014)
Life partner(s)Ellidy Pullin
Sport
CountryAustralia
SportSnowboarding
Event(s)Snowboard Cross Men

Alex “Chumpy” Pullin Career

Growing up at the base of Mt Buller in the Victorian town of Mansfield, Alex “Chumpy” Pullin traded his skis for a snowboard as an eight-year-old and has never looked back.

Chumpy made his World Cup debut in the Japanese resort of Furano in February 2007. Twelve months later he established himself as one of the most promising athletes winning his first World Cup medal in Gujo-Gifu, Korea.

Making his Olympic debut at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, Chumpy placed 17th and less than a month later won his first World Cup in Valmelenco, Italy and silver a week later in La Molina, Spain.

The medals kept coming in late 2010, firmly ranking Pullin as a top competitor. In January 2011 he won his first World Championship and the highly coveted Overall Crystal Globe.  He was also Ski & Snowboard Australia’s joint 2011 ‘Athlete of the Year’ (with Nate Johnstone and Holly Crawford).

In 2012/2013 Alex “Chumpy” Pullin created history, becoming the first Australian winter sports athlete to defend a World Championship title. Chumpy also won his second World Cup overall title after claiming four World Cup medals, which included two victories. In 2013 Pullin was awarded Athlete of the Year by Ski & Snowboard Australia.

The head-to-head nature of Snowboard Cross racing delivers exciting and sometimes disappointing results for those at the top of their sport. At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Chumpy exited the competition in the second round of finals and finished in 13th.  

Bouncing back, Pullin had another dominating and successful 2014-2015 season finishing second on the World Cup standings with two podium results in Veysonnaz and La Molina.

In 2015-2016, the highlight for Chumpy was winning gold at the final World Cup of the season in Baqueira Beret, Spain, joining teammate Belle Brockhoff who won the women’s event – marking the first time Australia has won gold in ladies and men at a major competition.

Opening his 2016/17 international campaign in December 2016, Chumpy took bronze in Montafon, Austria and went on to win the Feldberg World Cup in Germany, bronze in the 2017 Sierra Nevada World Championships and finished off with another bronze in Veysonnaz, Switzerland  – Australia’s 40th  winter medal in the season across all the snow sports.

The 2017/18 campaign started in the best possible way for Pullin, with a double gold at the season’s opening World Cups in Argentina in September. One more podium outcome was also achieved in Cervinia, Italy, before Christmas. 

Pullin made his third Olympic appearance at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, finishing in 6th place. The dual World Champion breezed through to the big final, after winning his semi-final. An unfortunate crash in the final meant Pullin  finished in sixth place — his best Olympic result to date.

In 2018-2019, Pullin was again Australia’s best performed athlete at the 2019 Snowboard Cross World Championships in Solitude, USA, narrowly missing the semi finals in ninth place. Pullin also made it through to the medal final twice in the World Cup season, finishing fourth in Cervinia, Italy, and fifth in Baqueira Beret, Spain.

Pullin’s best result in the 2019-2020 season was a 21st place finish at the World Cup event in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

Alex “Chumpy” Pullin Death

He died on July 8, 2020, in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. He was 32. He was believed to have been spearfishing by himself at an artificial reef off Palm Beach. His body was spotted on the ocean floor by a snorkeler. Lifeguards attempted to resuscitate him using cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 45–50 minutes, but he did not recover.

Alex “Chumpy” Pullin Wife

At the time of his death, he was in a relationship with his partner Ellidy Vlug. The couple had lived together for eight years, with Ellidy revealing on her podcast they had been trying to conceive in the eight or nine months prior to Pullin’s death.

Alex Pullin with wife Ellidy Vlug
Alex Pullin with wife Ellidy Vlug

Some Interesting Facts About Alex Pullin

  • Alex Pullin parents owned a ski hire shop which probably helped him develop his interest.
  • On 8 July 2020, he drowned on the Gold Coast in Queensland and was only was 32 years old.
  • He was the flag bearer for the Australian Winter Olympic team at the 2014 Winter Olympics and competed in the men’s snowboard cross.
  • He won a gold in the New Zealand Winter Games in 2011.
  • His highest ranking as a player was 2nd.

Alex Pullin FAQ’s

Who was Alex Pullin?

Alex “Chumpy” Pullin (20 September 1987 – 8 July 2020), nicknamed Chumpy Pullin, was an Australian snowboarder who competed at the 2010, 2014, and 2018 Winter Olympics. He was a two-time snowboard cross (boardercross) world champion.

When did Alex Pullin die?

Alex Pullin died on July 8, 2020, in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. He was 32. He was believed to have been spearfishing by himself at an artificial reef off Palm Beach. His body was spotted on the ocean floor by a snorkeler. Lifeguards attempted to resuscitate him using cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 45–50 minutes, but he did not recover.

How old is Alex Pullin?

Alex Pullin dies at 32.

Who is Alex Pullin’s wife?

At the time of his death, he was in a relationship with his partner Ellidy Vlug. The couple had lived together for eight years, with Ellidy revealing on her podcast they had been trying to conceive in the eight or nine months prior to Pullin’s death.

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