Sunday, March 11, 2012

R.I.P. Nik Zoricic

I was very saddened to hear of a second death of a Canadian championship skier. My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Nik Zoricic. The Canadian ski community was shaken Saturday by the tragic news that one of its own — ski cross racer Nik Zoricic — was killed while racing in Switzerland. Zoricic, who turned 29 last month, died Saturday after crashing during a World Cup event in Grindelwald, Switzerland. During a jump near the end of the ski cross course, Zoricic crashed into safety netting on the course’s boundary and lay motionless on the hill. He was airlifted to hospital in Interlaken, Switzerland but was pronounced dead at 12:35 p.m., local time. The International Ski Federation said “severe neurotrauma” led to the skier’s death. Alpine Canada president Max Gartner said Zoricic’s death has sent a shock through the ski community and to those who knew the skier. “It’s devastating,” Gartner told a media conference call, with his voice breaking. “We look at all our athletes as members of our family, so it’s quite hard. “It was a pleasure to work with him and to know him.”

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