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Extreme Games tragedy

Winter X Games competitor Caleb Moore suffered a devastating crash Jan. 27. that put him in critical condition at an Aspen-area hospital. The horrific crash opened debate for the question, “are the Extreme Games too extreme?”

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extreme snowmobilerASPEN, Col0. – Winter X Games competitor Caleb Moore died Thursday morning in a Colorado hospital a week after his snowmobile crashed during an event. He was 25 years old.

Moore crashed last Thursday while attempting a backflip on a 70-foot ramp during a freestyle event.

During his landing, the skis on his 450-pound snowmobile hit the snow, sending Moore flying over the handlebars. Moore landed face first onto the ground; then his snowmobile rolled over him.

Moore walked off the course and went to a hospital to be treated for a concussion, but his condition quickly worsened.

He developed bleeding around his heart and his family said that he had a complication involving his brain. Moore was flown to a hospital in Grand Junction for surgery.

For more on this LA Times story, click here.

extreme snowmobilerThe snowmobile accident that has left Winter X Games competitor Caleb Moore near death in a Colorado hospital renews questions about the lines of risk that sport should cross.

Moore, 25, remained in critical condition Tuesday in Grand Junction, Colo., after having failed to convert a flip off a 70-foot ramp with his 450-pound snowmobile in Aspen on Thursday.

After completing five tricks, including a midair full-body stretch from the handlebars and a flip around his seat, Moore flew over the handlebars headfirst into the snow after the front skis of his snowmobile dug into a landing ramp.

At impact, the vehicle rolled onto Moore and appeared to strike him near the head and chest.

For the complete Los Angeles Times story, go here.