X Games snowmobiler Caleb Moore remains in critical condition after crashing while performing a flip off a jump Thursday in Aspen. His family says they are not hopeful about the athlete’s chances.
“Caleb is not doing good at all,” his grandfather Charles Moore told The Denver Post. “The prognosis is not good at all. It’s almost certain he’s not going to make it.”
The 25-year-old from Texas went over his handlebars in the crash and landed face-first in the snow, with his snowmobile landing on top of him. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital, diagnosed with a heart contusion, and quickly underwent surgery. On Sunday, his family announced that he was also suffering from a “brain complication.”
Caleb’s younger brother, Colten, an X Games gold medalist last year, also sustained an injury on Sunday during the event in Aspen. He separated his pelvis after falling from his sled, but won’t require surgery.
Snowmobile: the Final Frontier of the Winter Olympics
The X Games have slowly but surely infiltrated the Winter Olympics, and for that we can mostly thank gold medal snowboarder Shaun White. The popular halfpipe and ski cross and the like are all enjoyed on both stages, and as slopestyle debuts in Sochi next year, there seems to remain only one exciting event left sitting on the sidelines, waiting for its shot. Yes, the snowmobile: winter’s motorcycle, or maybe ATV.
If you havent watched someone try to flip one while wondering if they’ll land safely or die, which sometimes seem like the only two options, well then you haven’t seen all there is to love about the X Games. And while the Olympic aerials are a fun, if not chaotic event thrown in to appease cold gymnastics’ fans waiting for figure skating to start, how much more exciting is it to see someone do tricks on a snowmobile?
The answer: much more. Check out the freestyle event tonight at 7:30pm if you don’t believe me.