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Caleb Moore: Snowmobiler near Death after Crash at Winter X-Games

Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 02:48 PM

By Dale Eisinger

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Extreme snowmobiler Caleb Moore remains in critical condition after a devastating crash last Thursday during Aspen's Winter X-Games, and Moore's family said his chances of surviving are slim.

"Caleb is not doing good at all. The prognosis is not good at all. It's almost certain he's not going to make it," Moore's grandfather Charles Moore told The Denver Post Monday.

The X-Games medalist and 25-year-old from Krum, Texas was performing a flip in the snowmobile freestyle contest, when he came up short and clipped the top of a jump. He flew over the handlebars of the 450-pound machine. The snowmobile rolled over him, knocking him unconscious.

He managed to walk off the course with just a concussion.

Moore was taken to a local hospital. While he was there, he started bleeding around his heart. A helicopter took him to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo. for emergency surgery. Moore's family told reporters he suffered a secondary complication during surgery but did provide specific details.

"Caleb is in critical condition and is being closely monitored," Chelsea Lawson, the family's spokesperson, said Monday in a statement issued through ABC News. "The Moores want to express their gratitude to all of Caleb's fans, friends and family for their strong support and ask for continued prayers in the coming days. The family will not be making any other public statements for the time being. Thank you for respecting the family's privacy during this difficult time."

Caleb's brother, Colten, is also an extreme snowmobiler. The two started competing seriously three years ago, and both have medaled in the snowmobile events. Caleb has acquired two bronze medals and one silver. In the 2012 X-Games, they shared the podium together when Caleb took home bronze and Colten took home gold.

If Moore dies, it will be the first death the in the 17-year history of the X-Games. His brother Colten also crashed in this year's games, suffering a detached pelvis.

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