Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Snowmobile Freestyle demo at Tignes is canceled
By Colin Bane
A snowmobile freestyle exhibition scheduled during X Games Tignes 2013 next month has been canceled, ESPN announced Tuesday, citing a review of the sport that began after the death of competitor Caleb Moore from injuries suffered at X Games Aspen.
Moore, a four-time X Games Snowmobile Freestyle medalist, died Jan. 31 in Colorado, one week after his attempt at a backflip in the freestyle event failed and the skis on his 450-pound snowmobile caught the lip of the landing area and sent him flying over the handlebars. The snowmobile rolled over Moore, leaving him with a concussion and bleeding around his heart.
"Our review of snowmobile freestyle continues. In the meantime, we have decided to forego the planned demonstration freestyle event at X Games Tignes," ESPN said in its statement. X Games Tignes in France, the second of six global X Games events this year, will feature snowboarding and skiing competition March 20-22.
The news comes less than one week after the International Series of Champions canceled freestyle events that had been planned in conjunction with AMSOIL Championship Snocross races in Williamsburg, Mich., and Lake Geneva, Wis., out of respect for Moore.
Moore was buried Thursday in Wheeler, Texas, where family and friends gathered to celebrate his life and many accomplishments.
"He was always down to help out other people," said Moore's younger brother, Colten, according to the Amarillo Globe-News. "Without Caleb, I don't know what I would have done growing up because he was always there for me … I can pretty much say he taught me everything I know. When we raced together, he pushed me to go faster and made me jump jumps that I wouldn't have done. Even if I couldn't do it, he would push me until I could."
Colten Moore, an X Games gold medalist who competed with his brother in Snowmobile Freestyle every year since 2010, declined to comment on the cancellation of the Tignes event.
Australian rider Jackson "Jacko" Strong, who was a friend and teammate of Moore's, collaborated with his sponsors at Rockstar Energy and Metal Mulisha to auction off his competition snowmobile to benefit the Moore family. The auction closed Friday afternoon with a final bid of $10,600. Strong told ESPN.com last week that Moore would have done the same for any fallen rider.