Last Friday, Brazil’s ice sports community faced a significant loss with the confirmation of the death of Gabriel Ohnmacht, a former Brazilian speed skating pioneer, at the age of 23. Gabriel was found lifeless in his home, in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, where he lived, by his mother, Fátima Ohnmacht. The news was initially released by the blog specializing in winter sports “Brasil Zero Grau”.
Gabriel, born in Germany, son of a German father and a Brazilian mother, dedicated himself to skating representing Brazil at the age of 15. He contributed significantly to the country’s efforts to regain membership in the International Skating Union (ISU) between 2015 and 2017. In addition to his role as an athlete, he was responsible for designing the first Brazilian uniforms for the sport.
After his competitive period, Gabriel moved away from high-performance sport to focus on his university studies in chemistry. His mother, Fátima, shared that Gabriel always expressed a desire to return to skating, even if it was to coach children.
Fátima Ohnmacht, when reporting the discovery of her lifeless son in her apartment, mentioned that Gabriel was lying on the sofa with headphones on, apparently without visible injuries. His mother suspects that he may have been the victim of a heart attack, although the forensic report has not yet been completed.
The Brazilian Ice Sports Confederation (CBDG) expressed its condolences on social media, praising the memorable and important legacy left by Gabriel Ohnmacht in the history of ice sports in Brazil. The CBDG statement lamented the athlete’s early departure and offered solidarity to his family and friends.
The death of Gabriel Ohnmacht represents a significant loss for the Brazilian sporting community, remembering his dedication to skating and his fundamental role in the development of the sport in the country.
With information from Globo Esporte.