Colombian Water Skier Mateo Botero Dies in Motorcycle Accident
By Jack Burden
In a devastating turn of events, the water skiing community is mourning the loss of 29-year-old Colombian athlete Mateo Botero Rodrigues, who tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, December 10.
The Colombian Federation of Water Skiing and Wakeboard, expressed their deepest condolences, remembering Botero as not only a great sportsman but also a friend and colleague. With more than fifteen years dedicated to the sport, Botero was a well-known figure, and his legacy is expected to endure in the hearts of athletes and friends alike.
A standout three-event water skier, Botero excelled in the jump event, earning a place among Colombia’s top jumpers of all time. His skill and passion were showcased in numerous major tournaments, including the recent 2022 Latin American Championships, where he secured a 3rd place in Open Men Jump.
The tragic accident occurred on the Las Palmas road in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia. Botero lost control of his motorcycle near Carrera 10 and Calle 59 through La Colegiatura, colliding with a railing and succumbing to the impact. Authorities swiftly responded to the scene but were unable to revive Botero.
Motociclista de moto de alto cilindraje falleció en la avenida las palmas, se lo comió la curva pic.twitter.com/mBXxcdXlzt— Denuncias Antioquia (@DenunciasAntio2) December 10, 2023
Competitors and friends within the water skiing community, deeply affected by this irreplaceable loss, have taken to social media to express their grief and commemorate the life of a remarkable athlete.