Karine Ruby (4 January 1978, Bonneville, Haute-Savoie – 29 May 2009) was a French snowboarder and Olympic champion. She won a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.She received a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Ruby had achieved significant success as a snowboarder, recognized as the world champion on six occasions and winning more than 65 Snowboarding World Cup events overall to accompany her two Olympic medals, earning her the description by The New York Times as "the most decorated female snowboarder in the world".
Ruby won the giant slalom event in the snowboarding competition at the 1998 Winter Olympics held in Nagano, Japan, overcoming severe weather conditions to win the first Olympic gold medal awarded in the event to a woman. She finished a combined 1.74 seconds behind Isabelle Blanc in the parallel giant slalom in snowboarding competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics inSalt Lake City, an event that the two French snowboarders had dedicated to the memory of teammate Régine Cavagnoud, who had died in a 2001 training accident.
Ruby came in third place to win a bronze medal in snowboardcross at the Winter X Games IX held in Aspen, Colorado in January 2005. She competed in the snowboardcross event at the2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, and retired from the sport after being eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Ruby was training to become a mountain guide, a process that can take as long as 15 years, and was killed at age 31 on 29 May 2009 after a climbing accident on Mont Blanc. While climbing down the Tour Ronde section of the mountain, Ruby fell into a 70-foot-wide crevasse (21 m) in the glacier, dragged in together with the two other members of the climbing party she had been leading who had all been roped to each other. Another man in the group was killed in the fall, while another person sustained serious injuries and was hospitalized after being evacuated from the site by helicopter.