Caleb Moore grew up in Texas. He was attracted towards the snow so much that he began practicing snow mobile tricks into a foam pit from a very early age. Moore quickly became a rising star in action sports and was soon followed by his brother. Moore was a professional freestyle snow mobile rider. He became the victim of a crash in the Winter X Games in Colorado in January. He passed away on Thursday morning. He was only 25.
Moore had been undergoing treatment at a Grand Junction hospital since the crash took place on January 24. Chelsea Lawson, the spokesperson for the family, confirmed Moore’s death. This is the first time an athlete fatality has occurred in the 18-year history of the X games. Lawson stated that Moore lived his life to the fullest and proved to be an inspiration to the individuals around him. Moore started his career as an ATV racer, but went on to cross over to the snowmobile while still a teenager. His talent was such that he quickly became one of the stars in the format. Moore’s career included four Winter X Games medals. In the most recent season, his brother, Colton, won gold, while he had to settle for a bronze.
Moore’s accident occurred as he attempted a backflip in Aspen last week. The skis located on the 450-pound snowmobile clipped the edge of the landing area, thrusting Moore into the air over the handlebars and into the path of the speeding snowmobile that rolled over him.
Moore was knocked down so hard that he stayed down for many moments before getting up and walking away to receive treatment. Later on, he was treated in hospital for a concussion. The accident caused Moore to develop bleeding around his heart and was airlifted to a medical facility in Grand Junction for surgery. According to the family, Moore later on developed complications of the brain as well. Younger brother, Colten Moore, also had a crash the same night, resulting in split pelvis.
In a statement released by the family, they offered gratitude to the many fans who prayed for Moore. Further condolences poured in from X Games officials, who praised Moore’s deep passion for the sport and his love for his family and friends.
Moore perfected his craft in his hometown of Krum, which has a population of about 5,000 and is located roughly 50 miles northwest of Dallas. Moore debuted at the 2010 Winter X Games.