RealClearSports
Advertisement

Death Puts X Games' Safety Under Scrutiny

Christian Murdock/AP

Caleb Moore was a top athlete in one of the most daring competitions ever devised for television: freestyle snowmobiling. But his death on Thursday from injuries sustained in last week's Winter X Games threw his sport – and the attending spectacle – into a harsh new light.

The 25-year-old died in a Colorado hospital from medical complications affecting his brain, a family spokesperson said.

"He will be truly missed and never forgotten," the family said in a statement. "The family wishes to express their deep gratitude for all the prayers and support they have received from all the fans, friends and family around the world that Caleb has inspired."

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Snowmobiler Dies After Injury at X-Games

David Strege, GrindTV Blog - January 31, 2013

Sad news from the Winter X Games, as the worst fears for injured snowmobiler Caleb Moore were realized.    Moore, a four-time medalist at the Winter X Games, died Thursday morning from injuries he suffered in a horrific crash... more »

X Games Immune From Safety Mania

David Whitley, Sporting News - January 31, 2013

President Obama says if he had a son, he’d be leery about letting Barack Jr. play football. It’s safe to assume he’s ordered the Secret Service to change the channel if his daughters turn on the Winter X Games. Mamas... more »

1st X Games Fatality Appears Imminent

Jason Blevins, Denver Post - January 29, 2013

Life is slipping away from Texas snowmobiler Caleb Moore after a horrific crash Thursday night at Aspen's Winter X Games. Family of the 25-year-old athlete gathered Monday at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. "Caleb is... more »