Tragedy has struck the World Cup races in Grindelwald, Switzerland today. Canadian Ski cross racer Nik Zoricic suffered fatal injuries during Saturday’s event after crashing in the finish area during the fourth heat of the ski cross finals. The 29-year-old athlete was immediately airlifted to a hospital in Interlaken, Switzerland where he was pronounced dead at 12:35 pm local time. Zoricic died due to “severe neurotrama.”
“Ski cross national team member Nik Zoricic passed away this morning after he was involved in a crash at a ski cross World Cup race in Grindelwald, Switzerland,” said Max Gartner, president of Alpine Canada.
“Our thoughts are first and foremost with Nik’s parents and his family. Gartner went on to say, “Nik was a very talented young ski racer and a great athlete who was much loved by his teammates and fellow competitors. He will be greatly missed by all of us and the ski community as a whole.”
Zoricic was heading into the finish area to conclude the fourth heat of the day’s World Cup ski cross competition when he went wide over the final jump. He crashed directly into the safety nets lining the side of the course, and was captured by television cameras being tossed through the nets as his equipment was thrown in every direction.
A statement by the FIS detailed that, ”Nick Zoricic fell heavily just before the finish in the round of eight, crashing directly into the safety netting and thereafter lying motionless.” “The medical care from team doctors and Air Glacier followed immediately.”
After the crash no further heats took place, the remainder of the World Cup race was cancelled. The International Ski Federation (FIS) has also cancelled Sunday’s World Cup race.