Canadian Racer Nick Zoricic Dies After World Cup Skicross Crash
Canadian racer Nick Zoricic, 29, died from head injuries after crashing in a World Cup skicross event in Grindelwald, Switzerland Saturday, according to a report from the International Ski Federation released by Associated Press.
The 29-year-old Zoricic died as a result of "severe neurotrauma," the federation said in a statement. He was the second Canadian skier to die as a result of injuries this season. Sarah Burke died after a training accident in the halfpipe at Park City, Utah.
Zoricic reportedly crashed directly into safety nets lining the side of the course after going wide over the final jump. Television replays showed Zoricic tumbling through the nets as his skis and poles were thrown clear.
"Nick Zoricic fell heavily just before the finish in the round of eight, crashing directly into the safety netting and thereafter lying motionless," the federation said. "The medical care from team doctors and Air Glacier followed immediately.”
Event organizers canceled World Cup events for men and women on Saturday, along with the scheduled World Cup Finals races set for the same venue Sunday.
Zoricic has raced on the World Cup circuit for more than three years and was competing in his 36th event. He placed eighth in the 2011 World Championships at Deer Valley, Utah.
U.S. racer Ted Ligety also posted a message of condolence for Zoricic on Twitter soon after winning a World Cup giant slalom race in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
"Skiing is a great sport that gives but it also takes, sad day to lose Nick Zoricic, you'll be missed bud," Ligety wrote.