Caleb Moore dies after injuries in X Games crash (video)

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Caleb Moore dies after injuries in X Games crash (video)
 

 
Snowmobiler Caleb Moore died Thursday as a result of injuries he suffered in a crash in the X Games one week ago. He was 25.

Moore, a native of Krum, Texas, competed on all-terrain vehicles since his childhood before trying snowmobiles four years ago.

Family spokeswoman Chelsea Lawson released a statement announcing Moore's death, which occurred Thursday morning. The family declined to release any other details of his injuries.

It is the first death in the 17 years of the Winter X Games.

Moore suffered a concussion and was taken off the course during the snowmobile freestyle final at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo., on Jan. 24.

While he was being evaluated, Moore was found to have bleeding on his heart and was airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He had emergency surgery there on Friday. A family spokeswoman announced on Sunday that he'd suffered a "brain complication."

Moore was the first to make a run in the freestyle competition, in which riders navigate their 450-pound snowmobiles over a series of jumps in 75 seconds.

Attempting a backflip late in the run, Moore under rotated his sled and it did not get far enough down the landing ramp. The snowmobile's skis planted atop the ramp, knocking Moore off. After rotating 360 degrees, the skis of the sled landed on Moore as he slid down the ramp.

"It's definitely a scary thing for a sport like ours," said snowmobiler and X Games competitor Levi LaVallee on Tuesday. "The only thing we can do is we can look at that and learn from it and look at how we can try to prevent that.

"Other than that, you look at it, what happened to him, was an accident. He's done that trick multiple times. He's practiced. He's done everything he can to prevent that."

Added Daniel Bodin, a fellow competitor and Moore's close friend, "Ten years ago we didn't have foam pits, and it was just a couple of guys who had the foam pits. So everything is much safer now days. But still we keep pushing harder and harder, and everyone wants that gold medal. Everyone wants to be the best in the world. We're trying as much as we can … It's tough out there. We're just pushing so much."

ESPN released a statement Tuesday that said, "We've worked closely on safety issues with athletes, course designers and other experts for each of the 18 years of X Games. Still, when the world's best compete at the highest level in any sport, risks remain. Caleb is a four-time X Games medalist who fell short on his rotation on a move he has landed several times previously."

Moore was knocked unconscious in the crash and medical staff attended to him while he lay in the snow. When he awoke, he was able to answer questions and walked away from the hill.

In an interview before the race, Moore told the New York Times that he estimated he'd had 10 concussions.

Moore and his younger brother, Colten, began competing on snowmobiles four years ago after years of ATV racing. They entered their first X Games in 2010 after only about a month of practicing on snowmobiles.

At the 2010 X Games, Caleb Moore took bronze in the freestyle competition. He repeated that in 2011 and took silver in best trick that year.

He got bronze in the freestyle in 2012, while Colten Moore, 23, won gold.

Colten Moore also crashed during Thursday's competition, separating his pelvis.

After his sons were injured in Aspen, Wade Moore told the New York Times, "This is not new to us. You know it can happen at any time. We just hope it doesn't happen here, on this night."

Caleb Moore's death and other crashes in the snowmobile competition raise questions about the safety of the sport.

In Aspen last week, Bodin crashed during the freestyle competition – during which competitors perform mid-air tricks over a series of jumps – but was not injured and returned to win gold in the best trick final.

On Sunday, a young male spectator was hurt during that competition as a runaway snowmobile crashed into a group of fans. The fan was examined by X Games medical staff and released to his father. He was not hit by the snowmobile.

Bodin, who is from Sweden, said he has known the Moore brothers for three or four years. "He's very motivated," Bodin said of Caleb Moore. "If he really wants something, he's a hard worker. Whatever it takes to get a medal."

He also spoke of Caleb Moore's "big heart. He's been helping me out, not really getting anything back. He just likes to help people."

Bodin spent time training with the brothers in Texas before the X Games and then at Electric Mountain Lodge in Colorado. The friends would support each other when traveling through the United States and Europe to compete.

"This year we decided to work together," Bodin said. "I fly over to his house and things were going well. It's just so crazy… I still can't believe what's happened here."

A web site has been set up to raise money for Moore's medical bills.

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 Caleb Moore dies after injuries in X Games crash

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106 comments for "Caleb Moore dies after injuries in X Games crash (video)"

 5 years ago '10        #2
kawgre12 14 heat pts14
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rip..
 5 years ago '04        #3
GarySanchize24 239 heat pts239
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just saw this on CNN

sh*t looked nasty
 5 years ago '04        #4
shortz 37 heat pts37
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no way medical staff hsoudl have let him get up n walk..should have been secure him to a board n take him to a trauma center pronto
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That looked awful.

RIP.
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Maybe now they can ban this sh*t. Some of ya'll white folks stay itching for a death wish.
 5 years ago '04        #7
GarySanchize24 239 heat pts239
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did it crush his head or his spine?
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Staszy 11 heat pts11
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Rip...
 01-31-2013, 12:23 PM         #9
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Sucks his injury lead to death and even worse it happened doing something he was passionate about.

RIP
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lilsnatch770|M 101 heat pts101
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I wonder if the accident caused his death or if it was the high number of concussions in the past
 5 years ago '09        #11
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fu*k. That slow-mo was insane. All of that machine coming down on you like that.

Colten Moore also crashed during Thursday's competition, separating his pelvis.

After his sons were injured in Aspen, Wade Moore told the New York Times, "This is not new to us. You know it can happen at any time. We just hope it doesn't happen here, on this night."



And then BOTH of ya sons done crash & now you lost 1.

Maybe time to let the sport go
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R.I.P. Never seen this sport before. Dude nailed those early jumps and made it look easy. That crash was vicious
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damn, i went to one of these shows not xgames, but where they flip snow mobiles and sh*t. I was drunk as hell but i remember being mad nervous, seeing dudes dude flip, with that heavy a.ss thing on you. RIP, what a sh*t way to go out.
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did they say what the specific injury was to him?? a head injury or did the sled actually hit him somewhere else
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The death blow at 2:30
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Wow that is so sad. RIP
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Rip dont think ill watch that vid
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 Trapaveli said:


Maybe now they can ban this sh*t. Some of ya'll white folks stay itching for a death wish.

pause.





black people just do it easier.
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 finishim said:
did they say what the specific injury was to him?? a head injury or did the sled actually hit him somewhere else
why?..so you could make fun of him?
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 finishim said:
did they say what the specific injury was to him?? a head injury or did the sled actually hit him somewhere else
He was knocked unconscious but walked off under his own power. On the way to the hospital, bleeding began around his heart. The bleeding from his heart turned into a complication with his brain and then he died about 30 minutes before I posted this article. Sucks man, I've been watching him and the other competitors for about the past 4-5 years during X Games. Crazy to see one go. This is the first time anyone has ever died from injuries sustained during the X Games.
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