Snowmobiler fatally injured during competition

Snowmobiler fatally injured during competition
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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 8:01pm

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Caleb Moore, extreme athlete and competitor of the 2013 Winter X-Games has died. 

The freestyle snowmobiler, attempting a backflip last week at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, couldn't rotate his machine enough to land the maneuver. The skis dug into the lip of the slope, bringing the 450-pound snowmobile crashing down on him. The vehicle slammed into Moore's head and chest. After initially diagnosing Moore, 25, with a concussion after Thursday's accident, doctors soon discovered bleeding around his heart. He had emergency surgery at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction on Friday, a day after the accident. He had brain complications, and his family issued a statement saying he was in critical condition and being closely monitored.

On Thursday, a week after the accident, Moore died.

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