X Games Drop Snowmobile Best Trick Competition
Follows Caleb Moore's death
The X Games will discontinue its snowmobile and motocross best trick competitions following the death of athlete Caleb Moore at this year’s winter games. Moore, a 25-year-old snowmobiler from Texas, became the first athlete to die in the X Games when he botched an attempted backflip during a separate freestyle competition.
“Progression in these sports obviously comes with more risk,” X Games organizer ESPN said in a statement. “Nobody can eliminate risk in its entirety, but what we can do is focus on providing world-class events that are as safe and organized as possible.”
The snowmobile events in this January’s X Games were fraught with crashes and other incidents. Half an hour after Moore’s accident, his brother, Colten, crashed at the same spot on the course, separating his pelvis and sending him to the hospital. Australian motorcyclist and snowmobiler Jackson Strong experienced one of the scarier mishaps of the competition when his throttle stuck open after a crash, sending his snowmobile speeding toward spectators and injuring one boy.