GRINDELWALD, SWITZERLAND — Canadian racer Nick Zoricic died from head injuries after crashing heavily in a World Cup skicross event Saturday, the International Ski Federation said.
The Toronto skier died at 12.35 p.m. Swiss time as a result of “severe neurotrauma,” the federation said in a statement.
Television pictures showed Zoricic tumbling through the nets as his skis and poles were thrown clear.
“Nick Zoricic fell heavily just before the finish in the round of eight, crashing directly into the safety netting and thereafter lying motionless,” FIS said.
Zoricic is the second Canadian freestyle team member to die in a skiing accident this year.
Sarah Burke died from her injuries nine days after crashing during halfpipe training in Park City, Utah. She also was 29.