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Freestyle Skier Killed at Copper

post #1 of 25
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Denver Post reports a skier was killed while practicing for the freestlyle open this past weekend. Apparently he landed on his head while attempting a 540 off a kicker.

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_5020872
post #2 of 25
That is really, really sad. I hope his family and friends can find some small bit of comfort in knowing he was doing what he loved.
post #3 of 25
What a sad, freak accident. He wasn't even doing an invert.
post #4 of 25
Wow, that's a shocking reminder that even the small jumps can be deadly.

Condolences to his family.

Such a young kid. So sad to hear this awful news.
post #5 of 25
Really sad...
post #6 of 25
That sucks. Sending good thought to family and friends.
post #7 of 25
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. How sad.
post #8 of 25
Helmet? I couldn't find anything in the article.

Sincere condolences to the family. I can't imagine the grief they must be enduring. TERRIBLY sad.
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by axebiker View Post
Helmet? I couldn't find anything in the article.

Sincere condolences to the family. I can't imagine the grief they must be enduring. TERRIBLY sad.
"He was wearing a helmet."
- From another article on the same site. http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_5014431


It was a sad article to read. Best of luck to the family and friends.
post #10 of 25
What a shame. I am always suprised that more kids are not inured. I worry about the boy and his understanding of risk. When everyone is there doing the big kickers it seems so safe.

Thoughts and prayers to the family and his friends.
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by Devils Fiddle View Post
"He was wearing a helmet."
- From another article on the same site. http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_5014431


It was a sad article to read. Best of luck to the family and friends.
Thanks - didn't look past the first article. I guess when it's your time, it's your time. But is it just me or do we seem to be reading about things like this entirely too often as of late?

Goes to show - all the protective gear in the world doesn't necessarily make a difference.

Be careful out there, guys. Live to ski another day.
post #12 of 25
Very sad and truely a tragedy. Could have been one of my Boys. I worry all the time about them. Just my oldest Son alone has had his share of injuries. Broken sholder at HV, Broken leg at Copper, Various sprains and cut lips. He goes so big some times even at 22 we worry.

There is noting more enjoyable than watching these talented young people fly through the air and the things they do is incredible. They are the most talented of all skiers in my book. Danger is always there but this might be the first fatality I have heard about in all the years I've been watching.

My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family, and to those who go big out there, be careful. I can't help but think that this could have been my Son. Scares me.
post #13 of 25
that a relativity simple trick too. so simple I can do that...and never thought I could die from doing something so "easy" in the minds of park rats.

Vibes for the family.
post #14 of 25
Hey, life is that way. You can die walking out to get the paper or driving to the store for a gallon of milk.

The Grim Reaper doesn't put a degree of diffaculty in his agenda.
post #15 of 25
That is really tragic, it is actually amazing that more of us are not seriously injured or killed with the size of some of the parks being created. My thoughts are with the family.
post #16 of 25
Notice they differentiated Freestyle from Freeskiing when interviewing Geoff Stump
post #17 of 25
A helmet protects your skull, but it does nothing for your neck. A friend of mine went over the handlebars on his bicycle when he had to suddenly brake for a rude motorist. He was wearing a helmet but he broke his neck.

My guess is that he was looking where he was falling, an instinctive reaction I think, so that when the head hit the ground it was in a precarious position relative to the body. In martial arts you learn to do break falls of various kinds, which help you overcome this kind of harmful instinctive falling behavior.

Martial arts break falls work by diverting and dissipating the energy of the fall. They don't necessarily prevent you from getting hurt, but they can minimize the damage. Of course it takes a lot of practice to get to where they actually help, but I think people in a lot of sports and activities would benefit from learning break falls.
post #18 of 25
What is very troublesome, is the kids in terrain parks or building jumps elsewhere, trying tricks for the first time on hard snow. Like the article said, most athletes start over water, or powder. So amazing to watch, but I worry about people trying things without proper instruction.
post #19 of 25
I've never heard of anyone dying on a park jump before? it seems unusal, is it?
post #20 of 25
Quite a few years ago (maybe 10ish), an early teen (13-15, I think), who was a middle intermediate at best, took a small jump that we had at Whitetail, which had a spine landing so that you could land at virtually any distance, and landed on the back of his head right on the spine, and broke his neck, paralyzing himself. He got maybe .5 seconds and 3-5 feet of air. It doesn't take much.
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by kriswielga View Post
I've never heard of anyone dying on a park jump before? it seems unusal, is it?
While I don't have hard numbers to prove anything, I think it is unusual. My opinion is based on several things - The majority of in-bounds deaths at resorts occur due to people hitting inanimate objects (lift towers, trees, snowmaking equipment, etc.) or other people at high speed. A handful of in-bounds deaths occur each year due to O.B.-type situations (tree wells, avalanches, getting lost).

Granted, the ground certainly qualifies as an inanimate object capable of causing fatal injuries, but my gut feeling still says the number of deaths attributable to freestyle park skiing each year are small if not nearly non-existent.

I'm not blaming anyone for this, but that this tragedy befell an experienced and by all accounts accomplished athlete under the supervision of a coach or coaches is the most disturbing part of the whole thing for me. I can't tell you how many people I see in way over their head in terrain parks every weekend. When inexperienced, it's one thing to hit little jumps on the side of the trail; big park features, however, are an entirely different animal. Unfortunately, the self-preservation instinct is pretty weak in most park skiers (teenagers and twenty-somethings). I think of all the dumb stuff I did at that age on snow and realize it's a miracle I'm still here...and I was experienced and coached, just like the kid at Copper.
post #22 of 25
All the years of watching my boys in competitions around the country, this is the first time I have personally heard of a death attributed to the terrain park or half pipe.

It's not that this was an inexperienced kid trying something out of the ordinary. It was just a freak accident. Sh!t happens. Way more fatalities occur elsewhere. This was a tragedy.
post #23 of 25
[quote=Lars;641189]All the years of watching my boys in competitions around the country, this is the first time I have personally heard of a death attributed to the terrain park or half pipe.
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Serious injury though has happened from time to time Lars Veen, that girl at Tahoe last year, all paralyzed. There are more as I remember people telling me that oh my god did you hear so and so got hurt just hard to come up with off the top of my head. I don't think park and pipe are any more dangerous than any other type of aggresive skiing this was just a case of awful luck. Experiance helps but the difference maker between walking home and taking a ride in the ambulance some times is real good luck.

++++ vibes to his family
post #24 of 25
Or bad luck
post #25 of 25
An inexperienced young adult snowboarder died at Keystone a few years ago when he went over a large jump and landed horizontally. He died of internal injuries.
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