Caleb Moore, an innovative freestyle snowmobile rider who was injured in a horrific crash at the Winter X Games in Colorado, died Thursday morning. He was 25 years old.
Moore had been staying at a hospital in Grand Junction since the crash in Aspen one week before. Family spokeswoman Chelsea Lawson confirmed his death, the first in the 18-year-history of the X Games.
“He lived his life to the fullest. He was inspiration,” Lawson said.
A former all-terrain vehicle racer, Moore switched over to snowmobiles as a teenager and quickly rose to the top of the sport. He won four Winter X Games medals, including a bronze last season when his younger brother, Colten, captured the gold.
Caleb Moore was attempting a backflip January 24 during the freestyle event when the skis on his 450-pound snowmobile caught the lip of the landing area, sending him flying over the handlebars. Moore landed face first into the snow with his snowmobile rolling over him.
Moore stayed down for quite some time, before walking off with help and going to a hospital to treat a concussion. Moore developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to a hospital in Grand Junction for surgery. The family later said that Moore, a Texas native, also had a complication involving his brain.
His younger brother, Colten was also injured in a separate crash that same night. He suffered a separated pelvis in the spill.
The family said in a statement that they were grateful for all the prayers and support they have received from people all around the world.
X Games officials said in a statement that they would conduct a thorough review of freestyle snowmobiling events and adopt any appropriate changes.