With deep sadness, Biathlon Alberta shares the news that we received from the Camrose Nordic Ski Club about the passing of their young teammate, training partner and faithful friend, Ole Heie. Ole died suddenly on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at the age of 12 years old, doing what he loved, running and training throughout the lands where he grew up.
Ole’s accomplishments throughout his young life were immeasurable. He was extremely musical, where his talents extended to the ukulele, guitar, flute and piccolo. He was a proud and independent farm kid, exploring the family land with full imagination at every opportunity. He was a conscientious student, studying in French-Immersion. A lifelong member of the Camrose Ski Club and Jr. Vikings, nothing made Ole smile bigger than heading down the trail chasing the ‘big kids’ on an after-school practice! A driven and dedicated athlete, Ole recently crushed some impressive goals, powered by gummies, of course – reaching 1000 km in just the first 54 days of the last ski season, making national news with his one-day 100km ski, and completing his first ultra-marathon this spring. Whether he whizzed by, blond hair flowing, on his roller skis at Mirror Lake, down the dipsy-doodles, or at a race in the mountains, Ole’s adventurous passion and pure joy were infectious to all who had the honour of sharing the trail.
Ole’s kind character and love for the outdoors will be missed by all. Our thoughts are with his loving parents, Rob & Leigh, and sister, Ava, who are beyond proud of the young man he became. As we all navigate the heartbreaking grief of Ole’s passing, we hope that you will find comfort with Ole’s spirit on the trail and by sharing some gummies and memories of Ole with friends.
A Celebration of Ole’s amazing life will take place at a later date and will be shared once details are confirmed.