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Professional Snowmobiler Caleb Moore Succumbs to Injuries
Professional Snowmobiler Caleb Moore Succumbs to Injuries
Professional Snowmobiler Caleb Moore Succumbs to Injuries

Two weeks ago at the X-Games held in Aspen, Colo., each year, competitive snowmobiler Caleb Moore was fatally injured after crashing his snowmobile while attempting a back flip.

Moore, only 25 years old, is the first competitor to die during an X-Games event in the 18-year history of the competition.

After the crash, which saw Moore's sled tumble over him while he lay on the ground, he shocked crowds by being able to get up on his own and walk away from the base of the jump.

Unfortunately, this was not a sign of the crash having little impact on Moore but simply the incredible power of adrenaline. Hours later, after being brought to the hospital for a concussion, Moore lay on a hospital bed at St. Mary's hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., with internal bleeding around his heart. Shortly thereafter, Moore began having complications with his brain, and after the emergency surgery preformed on his heart, Moore was pronounced brain dead.

For the Moore family, things only got worse.

Caleb's brother Colten, who was also competing in the snowmobiling portion of the X-Games, later crashed and sustained a broken pelvis. Competitive snowmobiling crashes rarely end well; but this particular series of events was particularly heart wrenching for fans and event organizers.

Michele Moore, the mother of Caleb and Colten, wrote on her blog back in 2010, acknowledging the risks of her sons' sport, prior to that winter's X-Games: "We are excited but at the same time a little apprehensive. We know that the boys are going to throw out everything they've got, take extreme chances and do whatever it takes to show the world what they are made of." The Moore family is based in Krum, Texas.

Caleb Moore was a decorated athlete, winning a bronze in the freestyle snowmobile competition during the 2010 and 2011 Winter X Games. Moore also received a silver medal in the best-trick snowmobile competition at last year's games. Success and risk went hand in hand in Caleb Moore's world.

He was a calculated risk taker and a respected professional. All of us here at All About Snow wish his family the best as they continue on through 2013.

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