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Spain’s missing Ski Olympic Medallist found dead

The body of former Spanish alpine ski medallist Blanca Fernandez Ochoa was found Wednesday in a mountainous area near Madrid after days of searches for her by hundreds of police and volunteers, officials said.

Ms Fernández, 56, was discovered in a mountainous area near Madrid.

She had been missing since 23 August, and her family only alerted the authorities about her disappearance on August 29 because they said it was not unusual for her to go on hikes in the area, even without her phone, according to Spanish media reports.

The authorities are now investigating the cause of her death.

Ms Fernández was the first Spanish woman to win a medal at the Winter Olympics, capturing bronze in France’s Albertville in 1992.

“It is a very sad day for Spanish sports,” said María José Rienda, Spain’s secretary of state for sports.

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