Canadian Nick Zoricic died on Saturday after crashing in a World Cup ski-cross race in the Swiss resort of Grindelwald. The cause of death is said to be severe neurotrauma.
Zoricic is the second skier to die from a ski accident within months. The Canadian ski racing community lost freestyle skier Sarah Burke in a training crash in January in Utah.
Alpine Canada president Max Gartner said Zoricic, 29, will be greatly missed by all of us and the ski community as a whole.
The International Ski Federation said Zoricic had a heavy fall just before finishing the round of eight. The athlete crashed directly into the safety netting and was seen laying motionless following the accident.
The federation said Zoricic was immediately given medical care by team doctors and expert care from the Swiss emergency response team Air Glacier.
Despite the best efforts of all involved and the reanimation of Zoricic in hospital, he died at 12:35 as a result of severe neurotrauma, the federation said.
Zoricic raced on the World Cup for more than three years. He was competing in his 36th event on Saturday. The organizers canceled the World Cup events for men and women on Saturday and the finals races on Sunday.
The Associated Press reported that Zoricic was a member of the Craigleith Ski Club in Ontario.
I can't believe this tragic news. Nick Zoricic has died? I'm sick to my stomach, former Canadian Alpine racer Brian Stemmle wrote on Twitter, as reported by The AP.
Officials are working with the federation to analyze the accident and course security, the AP reported.