X Games snowmobile star Caleb Moore died Thursday morning at the age of 25 a week after a dramatic crash that required emergency heart surgery.
Moore has shocked the sports world as the Winter X Games now has a cloud over what was the first death in its history of the games.
ESPN noted that they will conduct a review of the snowmobiling discipline and see if any changes need to be implemented.
“Still, when the world’s best compete at the highest level in any sport, risks remain. Caleb was a four-time X Games medalist attempting a move he has landed several times previously.”
During the snowmobile freestyle final on January 24, Moore suffered a concussion after his backflip went wrong. He was knocked off of the vehicle in the process with the skis of the sled landing on him.
Moore managed to get up and walk away with help, but after going to a hospital to treat the concussion he suffered, he developed bleeding around his heart.
He was then flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction to undergo emergency surgery. On Sunday, a family spokeswoman announced that he had endured a brain complication.
Moore was one of the top competitors in these games and his death raises some serious health questions about the sport in general. Our prayers are with his family.
Austin Arrieta | Elite.