Freestyle snowmobiler Caleb Moore dies after Winter X Games crash

Caleb Moore, an innovative freestyle snowmobile rider who was hurt in a crash at the Winter X Games in Colorado, died Thursday morning. He was 25. Click for video.
Associated Press
Jan 31, 2013


Caleb Moore, an innovative freestyle snowmobile rider who was hurt in a crash at the Winter X Games in Colorado, died Thursday morning. He was 25.


Warning: Discretion advised. This crash video is very graphic.


Moore was being treated at a hospital in Grand Junction since the Jan. 24 crash. 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 an 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 gold.Caleb Moore was attempting a backflip in the freestyle event in Aspen when the skis on his 450-pound snowmobile caught the lip of the landing area, sending him flying over the handlebars. Mo

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, of Krum, Texas, also had a complication involving his brain.

Colten Moore was injured in a separate crash that same night. He suffered a separated pelvis in the spill.The family said in a statement they were grateful for all the prayers and support they have received from people around the world.

X Games officials expressed their condolences and said Moore, a four-time X Games medalist, would be remembered "for his natural passion for life and his deep love for his family and friends."


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2cents's picture

Sorry that he died, at least he died doing what he enjoyed.
Where are the safety police here, because he really did not need that, it’s not like an Eskimo that needs a snowmobile to go hunting or anything. I think maybe these machines should be limited to 10CC of power because more than that can be dangerous to the public, someone could lose control and hurt people.


Is that sarcastic; you must be kidding. Ya there dangerous, anyone in freestyle or racing knows this.For our safety stick to your power wheel scooter.

2cents's picture

Think .223 or .308 my friend :)



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2 cents
You kinda love your guns, don't you?


Are these snowmobiles modified for the sport or are they stock ? Any sport is dangerous if you're pushing its limits . That's part of the challenge and thrill .


This was, indeed, a tragic accident. I only hope that the safety nazis don't come out in force, though, and make their usual demands that all danger be eliminated!

There's danger in everything we do, and there's even more risk when people choose to push to the limits in themselves and/or their equipment. But really, how is life worth living if we DON'T push a limit or two?

This young man died far too young, but he lived more then a lot of people a lot older because he excelled at something he obviously loved. In a perverse sort of way, we should ALL be so fortunate.

I sincerely hope that the family's grief is eased by that fact...

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Exactly, I was being facetious when I first commented, not at this young man’s expense but in his defense. I lost two friends doing what we liked in my youth.