Canadian Nik Zoricic Dies Following Crash At Skicross Race (Video)

nik zoricic crashWe are still less than three months into 2012, and already it has been an excruciatingly tough year for Canadian skiers.  Late in January, Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke passed away following a fatal crash during a practice run leading up to the Winter X-Games.  Less than two months later another life was lost on the slopes, as Canada’s Nik Zoricic died following a “freak accident” at the World Cup skicross event in Grindelwald, Switzerland on Saturday.

Zoricic and two other competitors were battling for position heading into the final jump, but with little room to maneuver, the 29-year-old from Toronto lost control coming out of the jump and crashed into the safety nets along the side of the course.  He lay motionless on the ground for several minutes before being airlifted to a hospital in Interlaken, where he was later pronounced dead.

The remaining World Cup races scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the venue were cancelled as the skiers from Canada and around the world mourn the loss of another highly respected competitor from their sport.

Here is a look at the fatal crash that has taken the life of another Canadian on the slopes this season.

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