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Former Olympic skier Jeremy Nobis found dead in Cedar City jail cell

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Jeremy Nobis, a former Olympic skier with deep ties to Park City, was found dead inside his cell at the Iron County Correctional Facility early Wednesday morning.

According to a press release from the Critical Incident Task Force, life saving efforts were made by jail staff when Nobis was found unresponsive, but the 52-year-old was pronounced dead on the scene.

Nobis’s cause of death is still under investigation. However, no foul play is suspected.

Friends and family have expressed their grief for Nobis’s passing on social media.

“Jeremy lived as Frank Sinatra sang, ‘I did it my way,'” Nobis’s mother Nancy Chartier wrote in a Facebook post. “He lived, loved, and cared.”

Photo: Nobis family

Nobis competed for the United States alongside his sister Shannon Nobis at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, finishing ninth overall in the giant slalom event.

He was often referred to as “The Icon” for his many death-defying descents of super-steep slopes, and he went on to have a successful high-speed freeriding career after the Olympics.

The St. George News reported that Nobis was arrested for a DUI on March 25, 2019, after a rollover crash on Interstate 15 near mile marker 42.

An arrest warrant was issued in August 2021 after Nobis failed to appear via video conference in connection with the case, and he went back into custody on February 11, 2023.

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