The Grim Realities of X-Games Danger May

June 10 [Mon], 2013, 11:23
Caleb Moore is a 25-year-old professional snowmobiler. He crashed Thursday night at ESPN's X Games in Aspen, Colorado, while attempting a backflip during his heat in the freestyle snowmobile competition. Despite initially getting up and walking away before going to the hospital, he's now in critical condition — and his family doesn't think he's going to make it. "Caleb is not doing good at all," . "The prognosis is not good at all. It's almost certain he's not going to make it."

Moore's fate may transform into a grim awakening in the world of extreme sports, where the X Games have proved a catalyst for the evolution of dangerous, Evil Knievel-style activity invented almost on the fly, with new terrains and new expectations leaving us with this — potentially the first death in the 20-year history of ESPN's competition, all because of a kid on a giant machine who knew exactly what he was getting into.

On Thursday night, Moore didn't have enough speed when he attempted his flip, so his snowmobile under-rotated and instead of bailing on the trick he stayed committed. The skis on the front of the vehicle dug into the snow, throwing Moore forward onto the snow. The snowmobile flipped and came down directly on top of him: