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GRINDELWALD, SUI (March 10, 2012) – Ski cross racer Nik Zoricic passed away Saturday after he was involved in a crash at a World Cup race in Grindelwald, Switzerland.
Zoricic, of Toronto, Ont., crashed in the finish area during the fourth heat of the ski cross finals. Zoricic, 29, sustained head injuries and was airlifted to hospital in Interlaken, Switzerland, where he was pronounced dead at 12:35 p.m. local time (Central European Time). The cause of death was “severe neurotrauma.”
“Ski cross national team member Nik Zoricic passed away this morning after he was involved in a crash at a ski cross World Cup race in Grindelwald, Switzerland,” said Max Gartner, president of Alpine Canada.
“Our thoughts are first and foremost with Nik’s parents and his family.
“Nik was a very talented young ski racer and a great athlete who was much loved by his teammates and fellow competitors. He will be greatly missed by all of us and the ski community as a whole.”
No further heats took place following the crash and Saturday’s World Cup race was cancelled. The International Ski Federation (FIS) has also cancelled Sunday’s World Cup race.
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