Spanish Olympic skier Blanca Fernandez Ochoa found dead in mountains
The body of former Olympic skier Blanca Fernandez Ochoa was found in the mountains outside of Madrid, three days after Spanish police began an intense search for her and nearly two weeks since she'd last been seen alive. She was 56.
According to CNN, an off-duty member of the Guardia Civil discovered Fernandez Ochoa's body at La Peñota, a mountain northwest of Madrid. Fernandez Ochoa became the first Spanish woman to win a medal at the Winter Games in 1992, when she took home bronze in slalom event. She competed in four Olympics between 1980-1992.
Fernandez Ochoa was last seen on Aug. 23 in the Spanish capital's outskirts, per Spanish police. Her Mercedes A-Class was found on Sunday.
The national police provided consistent updates through Twitter to highlight the scope of the search. Specialist teams, helicopters and drones were all used in the search for Fernandez Ochoa.
Fernandez Ochoa had four World Cup victories in 10 seasons and made 20 podiums. All four of her siblings represented Spain on the slopes, with her brother Francisco being the only Spaniard to capture a gold in the Winter Olympics.