In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2012, and released by ESPN Images, snomobiler Caleb Moore smiles while attending a news conference at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo.In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2012, and released by ESPN Images, snomobiler Caleb Moore smiles while attending a news conference at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo.
(USA TODAY) -- Snowmobiler Caleb Moore died Thursday as a result of injuries he suffered in a crash in the X Games one week ago. He was 25.
Moore, a native of Krum, Texas, competed on all-terrain vehicles since his childhood before trying snowmobiles four years ago.
spokeswoman Chelsea Lawson released a statement announcing Moore's
death, which occurred Thursday morning. The family declined to release
any other details of his injuries.
It is the first death in the Winter X Games, which had its 17th edition in Aspen last week.
are deeply saddened by Caleb Moore's passing and our thoughts and
prayers go out to his parents, Wade and Michelle, his brother, Colten,
and the entire Moore family," ESPN said in a statement released
Thursday. "He will be remembered for his natural passion for life and
his deep love for his family and friends, and he will always be an
inspiration to everyone he touched in the action sports community."
Added Daniel Bodin, a fellow competitor and Moore's close friend,
"Ten years ago we didn't have foam pits, and it was just a couple of
guys who had the foam pits. So everything is much safer now days. But
still we keep pushing harder and harder, and everyone wants that gold
medal. Everyone wants to be the best in the world. We're trying as much
as we can ... It's tough out there. We're just pushing so much."
was knocked unconscious in the crash and medical staff attended to him
while he lay in the snow. When he awoke, he was able to answer questions
and walked away from the hill.
In an interview before the race, Moore told the New York Times that he estimated he'd had 10 concussions.
and his younger brother, Colten, began competing on snowmobiles four
years ago after years of ATV racing. They entered their first X Games in
2010 after only about a month of practicing on snowmobiles.
the 2010 X Games, Caleb Moore took bronze in the freestyle competition.
He repeated that in 2011 and took silver in best trick that year.
He got bronze in the freestyle in 2012, while Colten Moore, 23, won gold.
Colten Moore also crashed during Thursday's competition, separating his pelvis.
After his sons were injured in Aspen, Wade Moore told the New York Times, "This is not new to us. You know it can happen at any time. We just hope it doesn't happen here, on this night."
Caleb Moore's death and other crashes in the snowmobile competition raise questions about the safety of the sport.
Aspen last week, Bodin crashed during the freestyle competition -
during which competitors perform mid-air tricks over a series of jumps -
but was not injured and returned to win gold in the best trick final.
Sunday, a young male spectator was hurt during that competition as a
runaway snowmobile crashed into a group of fans. The fan was examined by
X Games medical staff and released to his father. He was not hit by the
Bodin, who is from Sweden, said he has known the
Moore brothers for three or four years. "He's very motivated," Bodin
said of Caleb Moore. "If he really wants something, he's a hard worker.
Whatever it takes to get a medal."
He also spoke of Caleb Moore's
"big heart. He's been helping me out, not really getting anything back.
He just likes to help people."
Bodin spent time training with the
brothers in Texas before the X Games and then at Electric Mountain Lodge
in Colorado. The friends would support each other when traveling
through the United States and Europe to compete.
"This year we
decided to work together," Bodin said. "I fly over to his house and
things were going well. It's just so crazy... I still can't believe what's
A Give Forward web site that has been set up to
raise money for Moore's medical bills topped $26,000 by mid-day
Thursday. Australian Jackson Strong is auctioning the snowmobile he used
during the X Games on eBay to help raise money for the family. As of
Thursday afternoon, the bidding stood at $8,900.
added that it will conduct a thorough review of the snowmobiling
discipline and adopt any appropriate changes. The company says it works
closely on safety issues with athletes and other sports experts.
when the world's best compete at the highest level in any sport, risks
remain," the statement said. "Caleb was a four-time X Games medalist
attempting a move he has landed several times previously."
suffered a concussion and was taken off the course during the snowmobile
freestyle final at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo., on Jan. 24.
he was being evaluated, Moore was found to have bleeding on his heart
and was airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He had
emergency surgery there on Friday. A family spokeswoman announced on
Sunday that he'd suffered a "brain complication."
Moore was the
first to make a run in the freestyle competition, in which riders
navigate their 450-pound snowmobiles over a series of jumps in 75
Attempting a backflip late in the run, Moore under
rotated his sled and it did not get far enough down the landing ramp.
The snowmobile's skis planted atop the ramp, knocking Moore off. After
rotating 360 degrees, the skis of the sled landed on Moore as he slid
down the ramp.
"It's definitely a scary thing for a sport like
ours," said snowmobiler and X Games competitor Levi LaVallee on Tuesday.
"The only thing we can do is we can look at that and learn from it and
look at how we can try to prevent that.
"Other than that, you look
at it, what happened to him, was an accident. He's done that trick
multiple times. He's practiced. He's done everything he can to prevent