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Partner of Snowboard Legend Who Died is Pregnant With His Child

The partner of Australian snowboarder Alex Pullin has announced she is pregnant after retrieving his sperm when he died a year ago.

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Alex Pullin, a two-time World Champion and three-time Winter Olympian nicknamed Chumpy, died while spearfishing on the Gold Coast in Queensland in July 2020.

Pullin’s partner Ellidy Vlug, said they had been trying to conceive through IVF and the law in Queensland allowed her to retrieve his sperm for 36 hours after his death.

The swimwear model announced the pregnancy in a post on Instagram:

“Bubba Chump coming this October💫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!

“When my love had his accident, we all held onto hope that I’d be pregnant that month. We’d been trying for a baby. IVF was on our cards but it wasn’t something I ever imagined I’d be tackling on my own. Bittersweet like none other, I’ve never been more certain or excited about anything in my entire life🤍”

 

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Alex Pullin, who was 32, represented Australia in snowboard cross at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics.

He was free-diving and spearfishing when he was spotted unconscious underwater by a snorkeller.

It’s thought he had a shallow water blackout.

 

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