Former Swiss World Cup skier Corinne Rey-Bellet has been shot dead at her family home by an unknown gunman, police said yesterday.

Police in the Swiss canton of Valais said Rey-Bellet and her brother, Alain, were both killed in the attack in the village of Les Crosets on Sunday night. Rey-Bellet's mother was injured.

A police spokesman told Reuters yesterday that the gunman was still at large and Rey-Bellet's mother was not well enough to communicate.

Rey-Bellet, who retired in 2003, won five World Cup races including a rare feat of two wins on the same day in January 1999.

The 33-year-old former speed specialist also won a silver medal in downhill at the 2003 world championships in St Moritz and took part in four Winter Olympics.

Rey-Bellet gave birth to a son in November 2003 and was training to become a physiotherapist.

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