Champion Athlete Dies at 18

Champion Athlete Dies at 18

( – Micky Geller, one of the world’s top youth water skiers, recently moved from his hometown of Carp, Ontario, Canada, to the United States to study kinesiology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette), a Carnegie R1 international research university. Sadly, he recently passed away.

On May 15, Water Ski Canada (WSC) announced “with heavy hearts and great sadness” that Geller had “died suddenly.” The organization, which promotes water skiing and showcases the Canadian National Water Ski Team, did not provide a cause of death.

WSC noted that Geller represented the group, a division of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC), at various competitions, including the Pan American Championships, the Junior US Masters Water Ski Tournament, and the U17 International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation World Championships. The announcement also related that Geller was a “valued member” of the UL Lafayette Water Ski Team.

WSC’s notice called on community members and fellow skiers to unite, support one another, and cherish their memories of Geller as they mourn their significant loss. The group also asked people to acknowledge Geller’s “fantastic work ethic… humor, athleticism, and charisma.”

Geller’s family published a heartfelt obituary stating that they felt “overwhelmed with sadness” by his passing. Noting his history as a medal-earning champion for Canada’s Junior National Waterski Team. They also stated that he “experienced more in his 18 years than many ever will” due to his “full-throttle approach to life.”

The family held a funeral service on May 18 and asked interested parties to make donations in his name to Waterski Wakeboard Canada. The UL Lafayette posted a brief statement on its Facebook page announcing that it would lower the university’s flag to half-mast in Geller’s memory on the day of his memorial service.

Geller is survived by his parents, sister, grandparents, two family dogs, several cousins, aunts and uncles, and many teammates and friends.

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