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Ryan Hawks dies after fall at freeskiing championships

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Pro freeskier Ryan Hawks died early Tuesday of injuries suffered during the North American Freeskiing Championships at Kirkwood Ski Resort near Lake Tahoe.

Hawks, 25, had had been attempting a 40-foot backflip Sunday when he fell hard after landing and was airlifted to Reno's Renown Health Center. An official cause of death is pending an investigation, according to Reno's Washoe County Medical Examiner.

ESPN reports that Hawks' death is the third involving a competitive big-mountain freeskier in four years. It cited the 2008 death of John Nicoletta at the Freeskiing World Tour Championships at Alyeska in Alaska; and the 2007 death of Neil Valiton at an International Freeskiers Assn. event at Tignes, France.
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Here's a great article from here in Vermont. 

 

I never met Ryan, but Vermont's a small state, and we are all feeling for him and his family and friends.

 

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20110301/NEWS02/303010002/Ryan-Hawks-freeskier-from-South-Burlington-dies-after-crash-on-backflip-attempt

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A really great person. He will be missed by many in the skiing world. thoughts to his family and friends. 

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He skied Mad River and Sugarbush and it sounds like he lived in Warren.  Mad River web page has a tribute.

 

Terrible loss.  He was only 25.

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Does anyone know what happened that caused his death?  All I've seen is he crashed after a backflip...

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Reliable source says it was a broken rib in his aorta. That and the crushed pelvis and double broken femurs. He really was a hell of a skier. I love what he is doing in that MRG video.

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Sorry to hear..... RIP......

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all I have to say is wow, the double chair cliff 360 is hella impressive

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such a terrible loss for his loved ones, his fans, the wonderful sport of free skiing and vermont.  may the road rise to meet him, may the wind always be at his back...................

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Reliable source says it was a broken rib in his aorta. That and the crushed pelvis and double broken femurs. He really was a hell of a skier. I love what he is doing in that MRG video.



This is what I heard too.

What an incredible talent and spirit gone too soon. 

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Terribly tragic - he landed in another competitor's bombhole.

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