Snowmobiler Caleb Moore dies, family says
Caleb Moore competes in the Snowmobile Freestyle Final during X Games Aspen 2013
January 31st, 2013
01:09 PM ET

Snowmobiler Caleb Moore dies, family says

Snowmobiler Caleb Moore has died, his family said in a statement Thursday.

Moore, 25, was competing in the snowmobile freestyle final of the Winter X Games last Thursday in Aspen, Colorado, when he came up short while trying to do a back flip.

The front skis of the machine clipped the landing hill and Moore shot forward over the handlebars. The 450-pound snowmobile struck him as he slid down the hill and the machine tumbled over him.

"He will be truly missed and never forgotten," his family said in a statement.

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  1. Kobe Bryant

    Until these pointless games are stopped, unfortunate tragedies like this one will continue...

    January 31, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      You're a MORON ^^

      January 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davis

      We need to make laws restricting the backflip capabilities of snowmobiles or there will be many more unfortunate tragedies like this one. Do we need to wait for a child to die in a snowmobile backflip accident? Think about it.

      January 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • flygirl

      Why don't we ban football while we're at it. And Hockey, and swimming, and basketball, and wrestling. Heck, we shouldn't let people watch anything live either, because people have been killed in the stands. You know, why don't we all just lock ourselves in padded cells for the rest of our lives? Need to take away books too, because paper cuts could cause gangrene.

      This guy died doing something that he loved, he knew the risks and accepted the possible consequences. Anything can be dangerous, but it's stupid to start banning stuff just because someone could get hurt.

      January 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      This isn't like guns. The only person who can be killed or injured by a person choosing to compete in the X-Games is the person who chose to compete in the X-Games.

      January 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      The reason these sports are popular is because they are high risk. They know the risk going into this. People like you are destroying this world.

      January 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Kurek

      Pointless games? were not talking about basketball here this is an intense sport that these athletes work their ass off for not just running back and forth throwing a ball into a circle!!! R.I.P Caleb Moore. You'll never be forgotten you were an amazing rider and youve inspired many riders with your sick stunts.

      January 31, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Good Scissors

      They are not pointless. They give opportunities for athletes outside the big three. They also generate a lot of economic activity for all who participate. I'm sure the pizza shops near the venues don't mind the business.

      A girl who won gold in the X Games can be seen free climbing a rock spire in a Citi Reward ad. Her name is Katie Brown. She has turned her gold into international fame in her discipline.

      Pastrana has gone from the X Games to Rally and then NASCAR.

      Athletes who engage in football, cycling, and Ballet know those activities carry the risk of life altering injury. They get an emotional payback from those activities, and that payback makes it worth the risk.

      January 31, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. stupid

    Darwin award winner

    January 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Considering your name is "Stupid," you probably ARE a Darwin Award winner. You've got my vote!

      January 31, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jack Jockoff

    What is it that makes these EX-Game "sports" interesting? All they do is give testosterone-laden idiots a high risk of killing both themselves and others. Darwin at his best.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark S

      what makes the X-games so interesting is the amazing talent and ability of these athletes to do things most ignorant people like yourself would never dream of trying ... live your life in a bubble if you like but dont hate on those of us who want to enjoy ours

      January 31, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wkf12

    wow... they should probably just outlaw snowmobiles now

    January 31, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ralph

      Not a bad idea(Ban snowmobiles)

      February 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Josh

    Rest in Peace. I am sure Caleb does not want to see the x games cancelled. Nobody reaches that level without knowing the risks involved. This country is so stupid. Everytime something bad happens we need to ban it forever!! I guess we shouldn't drive cars, swim, bike, ski, or do anything other then bubble wrap ourselves to a lazy boy.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ahmed

    well he died for something he loved...and that was this sport. Nothing in life its pointless, everything is just unforeseen, hell you might walk out of your front porch slip hit your head and your dead. Life is an adventure! no regrets! live it! or die whining!

    January 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron K

      Well said ahmed!

      January 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      "well he died for something he loved"

      Let's not gloss over the fact that he died. At 25.

      "Nothing in life its pointless, everything is just unforeseen, hell you might walk out of your front porch slip hit your head and your dead"

      Walking out of your front porch every morning is a lot more productive and far less dangerous than flipping a skimobile in the air. Comparing the two is ridiculous.

      I don't want to ban games because everyone is free to make their choices. But I do hope that people move on from these stupid, dangerous and pointless "sports."

      January 31, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • bull rider

      Justin said "I don't want to ban games because everyone is free to make their choices. But I do hope that people move on from these stupid, dangerous and pointless "sports.""

      You can view these sports as 'stupid' or 'pointless' and of course you're free to do so, or to not participate. I am glad that you are specifically not calling for banning them. I disagree with your assessment of the sport but I applaud your realization that it is for others to decide if they want to take part.

      February 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike g

    X games, Dew Tour, etc. have dramatically increased the severity and volume of injuries to "regular" kids playing at home
    because they want to do what they see on TV.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JimmmyNelson

    RIP! Died doing what he loved.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hey Jude

    Deepest sympathy to his family.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. beechv35pilot

    Sad for his family and friends. But please stop with the "died doing something he loved." That cliche is no consolation to those who lost a good friend or family. Guaranteed if asked, he would probably say he loved this sport but didn't want to die doing it. Most of us love to live but that doesn't mean we died doing something we love when we expire.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Well said.

      January 31, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ryan G

    "This isn't like guns. The only person who can be killed or injured by a person choosing to compete in the X-Games is the person who chose to compete in the X-Games."

    Tell that to the spectator who was injured by a runaway snowmobile at the same event this year.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Good Scissors

      The spectators know the dangers too, same goes for auto racing, baseball, and hockey fans. A errant hockey puck can kill you too. At least you can see and hear a snowmobile as it comes at you.

      January 31, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Iamrightyouarewrong

    I keep reading all over news and post how this was his dream. He loved doing it. It was his choice to live his life doing this and blah blah blah. If that's truly the belief of those in these x -treme sports then why would ESPN have to issue any kind of statement in regards to looking into this tragedy, if changes need to be made they will be. What a joke. The only thing ESPN and snowmobile manufacturer looking into is if they are in anyway liable for this tragedy. He was only doing what he loved. Unfortuanetly Caleb will never be able to tell anyone he loved what he did in life ever again.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    The only thing that troubles me is the medics let Caleb walk away knowing a 450lb snowmobile landed on him. Why did they not place him on a stretcher and brace his neck and limit head movement?

    On a more positive side in the past I've been fortunate to travel to Aspen 5 times for the X games and these kids are great. I think next year they should place Caleb's snowmobile atop Buttermilk Mountain or the snowmobile hill with a beacon of light beaming from it to the sky above for the duration of the games!

    January 31, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      That is a VERY GOOD question. Even if he had insisted, they should NOT have let Caleb get up and walk around. ANY layman knows this, why don´t they? That is probably what ultimately killed him – malpractice.

      February 3, 2013 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. Shouldnothavelethimstandup

    I agree with many that the medics should have not let him stand up.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Destiny242

    My sympathies to his family and friends. All sports are dangerous, I used to train horses. Now I stay away due to a slight back injury, I don't want to make it worse. However it won't keep me from horses all together. :0)

    February 3, 2013 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |