18-year-old Olympic Hopeful Tragically Passes Away Before the Games

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of 18-year-old J.J. Rice’s untimely passing. This talented young man was set to represent Tonga’s kitefoiler team at the Paris Olympics this summer. J.J. would have not only been a remarkable athlete but also the first Caucasian to represent Tonga at the Olympics.

Kitefoiling, an exhilarating sport where athletes ride a board up to 1m above the water’s surface, was recently recognized as an Olympic sport. J.J.’s potential and dedication to the sport were immense. Countless people from all over the globe admired his skills and considered him a favorite for winning a shiny medal.

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