The two-time world champion died 15 months ago while spearfishing off the Australian Gold Coast. He was spotted unconscious underwater and did not respond when pulled to shore
Olympic snowboarder Alex Pullin’s widow gave birth to his daughter after receiving IVF treatment using sperm taken from her partner after his death.
The two-time world champion died 15 months ago while spearfishing off the Australian Gold Coast. He was spotted unconscious underwater and did not respond when he was pulled ashore by lifeguards.
Paramedics tried desperately to rescue him on the scene, but their attempts to resuscitate him were unfortunately unsuccessful.
Now his partner Ellidy Pullin announced on Instagram that their daughter Minnie Alex Pullin was born on Monday.
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The widow shared her journey to birth control on podcasts and on her social media channels.
Pullin announced her pregnancy in June this year and posted on Instagram that she and the snowboarder had dreamed of having a baby “for years”.
“Your dad and I have dreamed of you for years, baby. With a heartbreaking plot shift in the middle, I’m honored to finally welcome a piece of the Chumpy phenomenon back into this world! ”She wrote.
She previously said on a podcast that she and Alex tried to get pregnant before he died. They had considered IVF because they were struggling, she said on her Darling podcast, Shine.
“Bittersweet like no one else, I’ve never been so sure or excited in my whole life,” she wrote after saying she never imagined she would tackle the pregnancy on her own.
Pullin – nickname “Chumpy” – competed for Australia in snowboard cross at three different Winter Olympics in 2010, 2014 and 2018.
He was also Australia’s standard bearer at the 2014 Sochi Games, where he reached the quarter-finals before being eliminated.
He had previously won two gold medals at the World Championships in La Molina in 2011 and in Stoneham in 2013.