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Thursday, February 14, 2013

After A Death, Changes For The X-Games?

In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2012 and released by ESPN Images, snomobiler Caleb Moore smiles while attending a news conference at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo. (Eric Lars Bakke/ESPN Images)

In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2012 and released by ESPN Images, snomobiler Caleb Moore smiles while attending a news conference at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo. (Eric Lars Bakke/ESPN Images)

Following the death of snowmobiler Caleb Moore, ESPN has announced it will cancel a freestyle snowmobile demonstration that was to be held during the European leg of the X Games in Tigens, France, next month.

ESPN has said in a statement that it will “conduct a thorough review of this discipline and adopt any appropriate changes to future X Games.”

Moore was injured on Thursday, Jan. 24, while competing in the X Games in Aspen Colorado. His snowmobile’s skis caught on the front of a ramp, flipped him into the air and landed on him.

Moore was initially up and walking around, and was taken to the hospital for what seemed like a concussion.

When bleeding was discovered around his heart, he underwent several emergency procedures, but died a week later on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Moore’s death is the first in the X Games, which is organized by ESPN. The first Winter X Games took place in Big Bear Lake, Calif. in 1997.

Warning: Some viewers may find the video of Caleb Moore’s crash disturbing.

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