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Volunteers go in search of the Spanish former Olympic skier Blanca Fernandez Ochoa

Blanca Fernandez Ochoa (photo) born in Madrid was last seen on August 23 on August 23

Blanca Fernandez Ochoa (photo) born in Madrid was last seen on August 23 on August 23

Volunteers have joined the search for missing former Olympic skier Blanca Fernandez Ochoa.

Concerned civilians alongside the police, the Guardia Civil and the emergency services continued Monday morning at 9.00 am to look for the slalom bronze medalist.

The volunteers coordinated with authorities and went in groups of 10 looking for the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range in Spain for clues.

Blanca & # 39; s sister, Dolores Fernández Ochoa remained optimistic that Mrs. Ochea, 56, would be found safe.

She thanked the volunteers this morning and said: & Thank you all for being here and helping us with this. We start with a lot of encouragement. & # 39;

& # 39; We are hopeful. We hope to find her, & she added.

Madrid-born Mrs. Ochoa won the bronze medal in slalom at the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville, France, and was the first Spanish woman to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.

She was last seen 10 days ago on Friday, August 23, when she told her family that she was going on a hike in northern Spain.

Her family did not report her disappearance until eight days later, on Saturday, August 31, according to the Spanish newspaper 20 Minuto & # 39; s.

Volunteers gather on Monday morning to participate in the search for the missing Spanish athlete, above and below

Volunteers gather on Monday morning to participate in the search for the missing Spanish athlete, above and below

Volunteers gather on Monday morning to participate in the search for the missing Spanish athlete, above and below

The volunteers coordinated with authorities and went in groups of 10 in search of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range for clues

The volunteers coordinated with authorities and went in groups of 10 in search of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range for clues

The volunteers coordinated with authorities and went in groups of 10 in search of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range for clues

Dolores Fernandez Ochoa (left), sister of missing Spanish Olympic medalist Blanca Fernandez Ochoa on Monday, at the place where her sister's car was found in Cercedilla, the day before

Dolores Fernandez Ochoa (left), sister of missing Spanish Olympic medalist Blanca Fernandez Ochoa on Monday, at the place where her sister's car was found in Cercedilla, the day before

Dolores Fernandez Ochoa (left), sister of missing Spanish Olympic medalist Blanca Fernandez Ochoa on Monday, at the place where her sister's car was found in Cercedilla, the day before

Sister Dolores talks to the media on Monday morning. & # 39; We are hopeful. We hope to find her, & she said

Sister Dolores talks to the media on Monday morning. & # 39; We are hopeful. We hope to find her, & she said

Sister Dolores talks to the media on Monday morning. & # 39; We are hopeful. We hope to find her, & she said

She had left her cell phone in her home in Madrid, where, according to her family, she lived alternately with her sister Lola.

Mrs. Ochoa 's car was found Sunday in Cercedilla, a popular area for hikers. It had no immediate signs of damage and is currently being assessed by the authorities.

The attention went to her daughter, the Spanish national rugby player Olivia Fresneda, after it turned out that she had posted a picture of herself who had dived on Instagram, who had a & # 39; like & # 39; received from her mother's Instagram account four days after she was last seen.

The spotlight was on her daughter, the Spanish national rugby player Olivia Fresneda, after it turned out that she had placed a picture of herself that had dived on the social media platform Instagram, which has a & # 39; like & # 39; received from her mother's Instagram account four days after she left for her trip (photo: Mrs. Ochoa with daughter Olivia)

The spotlight was on her daughter, the Spanish national rugby player Olivia Fresneda, after it turned out that she had placed a picture of herself that had dived on the social media platform Instagram, which has a & # 39; like & # 39; received from her mother's Instagram account four days after she left for her trip (photo: Mrs. Ochoa with daughter Olivia)

The spotlight was on her daughter, the Spanish national rugby player Olivia Fresneda, after it turned out that she had placed a picture of herself that had dived on the social media platform Instagram, which has a & # 39; like & # 39; received from her mother's Instagram account four days after she left for her trip (photo: Mrs. Ochoa with daughter Olivia)

Family and relatives of missing Spanish Olympic medal winners gather on Monday where her car was found the day before

Family and relatives of missing Spanish Olympic medal winners gather on Monday where her car was found the day before

Family and relatives of missing Spanish Olympic medal winners gather on Monday where her car was found the day before

Dolores Fernandez Ochoa, sister of missing Spanish Olympic medalist Blanca Fernandez Ochoa on Monday, at the place where her sister's car was found in Cercedilla, the day before

Dolores Fernandez Ochoa, sister of missing Spanish Olympic medalist Blanca Fernandez Ochoa on Monday, at the place where her sister's car was found in Cercedilla, the day before

Dolores Fernandez Ochoa, sister of missing Spanish Olympic medalist Blanca Fernandez Ochoa on Monday, at the place where her sister's car was found in Cercedilla, the day before

Concerned civilians in addition to the police, the Guardia Civil and the emergency services continued Monday morning at 9.00 am looking for the slalom bronze medalist

Concerned civilians in addition to the police, the Guardia Civil and the emergency services continued Monday morning at 9.00 am looking for the slalom bronze medalist

Concerned civilians in addition to the police, the Guardia Civil and the emergency services continued Monday morning at 9.00 am looking for the slalom bronze medalist

Olivia later admitted that she liked her own mail from her mother's account, which in turn raised the question why Olivia had used her mother's phone when she hadn't been in contact with her for four days.

The Spanish national police said Saturday evening in a public call for information: & # 39; Blanca Fernandez Ochoa has disappeared in Aravaca, Madrid.

& # 39; She was last seen on August 23 in a black class A Mercedes, license plate 0213CKD. The car had a T-shirt with the Canadian flag on the driver's seat. & # 39;

The volunteers coordinated with authorities and went in groups of 10 in search of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range for clues

The volunteers coordinated with authorities and went in groups of 10 in search of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range for clues

The volunteers coordinated with authorities and went in groups of 10 in search of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range for clues

A member of the Spanish National Police searches for the Spanish Olympic medalist Bianca Fernandez Ochoa after her car is found in Cercedilla

A member of the Spanish National Police searches for the Spanish Olympic medalist Bianca Fernandez Ochoa after her car is found in Cercedilla

A member of the Spanish National Police searches for the Spanish Olympic medalist Bianca Fernandez Ochoa after her car is found in Cercedilla

Police sources told the Spanish press that they view the disappearance as a & # 39; risky & # 39; matter

Police sources told the Spanish press that they view the disappearance as a & # 39; risky & # 39; matter

Police sources told the Spanish press that they view the disappearance as a & # 39; risky & # 39; matter

A member of the Spanish National Police searches for the Spanish Olympic medalist Bianca Fernandez Ochoa after her car is found in Cercedilla

A member of the Spanish National Police searches for the Spanish Olympic medalist Bianca Fernandez Ochoa after her car is found in Cercedilla

A member of the Spanish National Police searches for the Spanish Olympic medalist Bianca Fernandez Ochoa after her car is found in Cercedilla

Police sources told the Spanish press that they view the disappearance as a & # 39; risky & # 39; matter.

Joaquin Amills, president of the SOS Desaparecidos Association for Missing People, told Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo: “All the hypotheses are on the table and that is why the police have asked the public for help.

& # 39; The information we have is that she was last seen on the same day she was reported missing, and it's a strange situation because she's in a very striking car, her Mercedes, which makes it strange that nothing is known about her from that moment on. & # 39;

Joaquin Amills, president of SOS Desaparecidos, organization for missing people, told Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo: & # 39; All hypotheses are on the table and therefore the police have asked the public for help & # 39; (photo: Mrs. Ochoa)

Joaquin Amills, president of SOS Desaparecidos, organization for missing people, told Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo: & # 39; All hypotheses are on the table and therefore the police have asked the public for help & # 39; (photo: Mrs. Ochoa)

Joaquin Amills, president of SOS Desaparecidos, organization for missing people, told Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo: & # 39; All hypotheses are on the table and therefore the police have asked the public for help & # 39; (photo: Mrs. Ochoa)

Vehicles from the Guardia Civil were seen yesterday in the parking lot in Spain after the car of Mrs. Ochoa was found

Vehicles from the Guardia Civil were seen yesterday in the parking lot in Spain after the car of Mrs. Ochoa was found

Vehicles from the Guardia Civil were seen yesterday in the parking lot in Spain after the car of Mrs. Ochoa was found

A helicopter flies Monday over the surrounding site where the car of Mrs. Ochoa was found the day before

A helicopter flies Monday over the surrounding site where the car of Mrs. Ochoa was found the day before

A helicopter flies Monday over the surrounding site where the car of Mrs. Ochoa was found the day before

During the successful world cup career of Mrs. Ochoa, she won four wins, 20 stages and 69 top ten finishes.

She retired at the age of 28 at the age of 28 and participated in various Spanish reality shows on TV.

Her four older brothers and sisters all competed in alpine skiing races for Spain during the Winter Olympics.

During the successful world cup career of Mrs. Ochoa, she won four wins, 20 stages and 69 top ten finishes. Pictured skiing during the International Ski Federation Women & # 39; s Giant Slalom on February 5, 1987

During the successful world cup career of Mrs. Ochoa, she won four wins, 20 stages and 69 top ten finishes. Pictured skiing during the International Ski Federation Women & # 39; s Giant Slalom on February 5, 1987

During the successful world cup career of Mrs. Ochoa, she won four wins, 20 stages and 69 top ten finishes. Pictured skiing during the International Ski Federation Women & # 39; s Giant Slalom on February 5, 1987

Mrs. Ochoa won the bronze medal in slalom, pictured, at the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville, France

Mrs. Ochoa won the bronze medal in slalom, pictured, at the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville, France

Mrs. Ochoa won the bronze medal in slalom, pictured, at the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville, France

She retired at the age of 28 at the age of 28 and participated in various Spanish reality shows on TV

She retired at the age of 28 at the age of 28 and participated in various Spanish reality shows on TV

She retired at the age of 28 at the age of 28 and participated in various Spanish reality shows on TV

Her older brother Francisco won the gold medal in slalom at the 1972 Olympic Games in Sapporo, Japan. He died of lymphatic cancer in 2006.

Daughter Olivia, one of the two children who had retired skiers with diving school keeper David Fresneda, plays rugby for Spain.

In a recent interview, she described her bronze medal as a & # 39; great source of pride for women's sport & # 39 ;, adding: & # 39; At the time, that medal felt like gold to me. & # 39;

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