The video embedded below shows Caleb Moore, a snowmobiler competing in this year’s Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, crashing his sled when attempting a flip. The skis dug into the snow when he attempted to land, causing the vehicle to flip end over end, crushing him underneath. Paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital where doctors performed emergency heart surgery. A week later, he died from his injuries. ESPN released a statement saying that they would review the X Games’s snowmobiling events to find safer policies.
Moore’s was not the only serious injury to mar this year’s competition. His younger brother sustained a pelvic injury in the same sport. Rose Battersby, a skier from New Zealand, sustained a spinal cord injury during a freestyle event, and Halldor Helgason, a snowboarder from Iceland, sustained a mild brain injury.
Spectators avoided serious injury when Australian Jack Strong lost control of his snowmobile and sent it crashing into a snowbank where fans were gathered.
A statement from event organizer and broadcaster ESPN said that safety is a top priority at the X Games.
“We’ve worked closely with athletes, risk management specialists, sport organizers and event managers to ensure the safest possible conditions for athletes and spectators alike,” the statement read. “Further measures are constantly being evaluated to ensure the safest possible experience for spectators.”
Athletes certainly take a risk when they engage in sports like skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. However, property owners and event organizers have a responsibility to create the safest possible scenarios when hosting these events.
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