Katherine Diaz cause of death, el tunco beach Olympic surfing photos

Katherine Diaz, an Olympic hopeful in surfing, died at the age of 22 after being struck by lightning while practicing in El Salvador.

A lightning strike killed Katherine Diaz, a top surfer from El Salvador who was heading for the Olympics.

She was 22 years old at the time.

According to Spanish-language media, Diaz was practicing near her home in El Tunco when she was struck by lightning. On the beach, first responders attempted but failed to revive her.

“As a global ambassador of the sport, Katherine embodied the excitement and energy that make surfing so unique and precious to us all,” the International Surfing Association said in a statement.

“Our hearts go out to Katherine's family, the surfers of El Salvador, and everyone in the international surfing community whose lives she touched.”

Diaz was preparing for the World Surf Games, which will act as a qualification for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, after representing El Salvador at the ISA World Surfing Games and ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.

In a statement, the Salvadoran Surf Federation said, "A great athlete who has represented our country has left us." “I'll see you soon, great warrior,” says the narrator. El Salvador is in a state of bereavement.”

Perfect rights and incredible moments in El Salvador with Katherine Diaz