Canadian Ski Racer Nick Zoricic Dies Tragically At World Cup After Crash

Sat, March 10, 2012 3:02pm EDT by 24 Comments
Nick Zoricic Crash

Nick Zoricic, a 29-year-old ski racer from Canada, passed away this morning after a fatal crash during the World Cup in Switzerland. What a tragedy.

This is horrible. During a race at the World Cup being held in Grindelwald, Switzerland March 10, Nick Zoricic, a ski racer from Toronto, crashed into the safety nets and died. He was only 29.

Nick suffered major skull and brain trauma due to the crash and was airlifted to an Interlaken hospital, where he was pronounced dead after nearly an hour of doctors trying to resuscitate him.

This is the second death of a Canadian ski pro in 2012. In January, freestyle skier, Sarah Burke, tragically lost her life in an accident as well.

The World Cup was cancelled for the rest of March 10, as well as March 11 at that course. Our hearts and well wishes go out to Nick’s family and friends during this horrible time.

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Zeke

Posted at 4:48 AM on March 17, 2012  

And where is this video???????????

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john

Posted at 11:28 PM on March 11, 2012  

Wow! Froze & viewed videp frame by frame. Clear incompetence by event owners. Blind ski jump with objects in the way for the skiers upon landing?!!! What morons! This is a soft sport with no danger unless objects are placed in the way. Duh! Every skier knows this. Only deaths from skiing, other than avalanches, are from trees or objects being in the way. So the event organizers build a ski jump on a blind corner where the skiers have no choice but to put their trust in the course & event organizers that they will have a safe landing and POW, the course designers let them down. This is manslaughter. Complete incometence. THE SKIER LANDED ON 2 FEET AND WOULD HAVE BEEN FINE. The fence murdered him. He would have skied or slid to the finish line. Freeze the video at landing & he is in complete control. Wow! Wow! Wow! Such incompetence it’s murder. This is a kid’s sport run by kids (mentally) and this is what happens when incompetent people our put in charge. It’s a sign of the times. Like reality TV & the least deserving morons being made into stars. Drop this sport until real athletes & competitions are developed. No ready for prime time.

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RM

Posted at 9:58 PM on March 11, 2012  

Its something terrible for this to happen and i am deeply sadened. Reading the high profile reports on this accident and all say that there were good precautions taken I cant see that. Those racers are traveling at very high speed and only feet to guard them. Somebody needs to talk to NASCAR about how to and then there is motocycle racing where there is a large field to land in if you crash.

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KTLoyd

Posted at 10:26 AM on March 11, 2012  

So terrible, such a young, talented life. I only wonder why I didn’t hear about this tragedy till early morning?…….. THIS is news, this is someone that deserves in life and death for us to stop what we are doing and acknowledge his life, talent, and our respect. So sorry to his family and what a deep loss.

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Alan Souter

Posted at 9:45 AM on March 11, 2012  

I am very shocked by this accident. So sad for his family, winter sports competition (which is meant to have some fun attached to it) and for Canadian winter sports in particular.

The only downhill events I have seen are individuals racing against a clock. Three skiers going downhill against each other like a horserace on such a narrow piste seems suicidal. This kind of event should be scrapped. RIP.

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CFGodwell

Posted at 3:12 AM on March 11, 2012  

Really sad to watch someone unexpectedly die.
Will pray for his family.

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Bay

Posted at 10:43 PM on March 10, 2012  

This is so sad! What an awful way to die and only at 29 :(

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Shelly

Posted at 10:20 PM on March 10, 2012  

This is horrible. How could a net do that much damage to his head? My prayers and condolences go out to his family.

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toronto

Posted at 4:43 PM on March 11, 2012  

It’s not the net. It’s the snapping of the head. The weight of his head combined with the weight of the helmet snaps it back and forth. Much like in shaken-baby-syndrome. There are arteries that can be torn or a broken neck. All is devastating. It’s terribly sad.

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Ruby

Posted at 10:19 PM on March 10, 2012  

How exceedingly inappropriate, inhumane, and cruel to see 3 adults in the stand – 2 dark haired girls, particularly the one with her hair in a bun, and a grey haired man in a red shirt – laughing after Nick brutally tumbled to his death!!

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platypus

Posted at 11:04 PM on March 10, 2012  

Seriously? None of the people in that frame even look like they saw the crash. They could have been positioned any where along the course.

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Chris

Posted at 11:14 PM on March 10, 2012  

I highly doubt they were laughing at the crash. From the looks of them those people probably didn’t even see the crash. It’s just the camera they happened to switch to after the crash. Don’t get so worked up lol

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Fish

Posted at 10:11 PM on March 10, 2012  

The fishing net fatal.

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David

Posted at 8:18 PM on March 10, 2012  

It is to no surprise that this kind of thing can happen! What kind of IDIOTS call this a sport event in the first place? Skiing is not the same as skateboarding where the speed is considerably slower, and even though dangerous, it is sort of acceptable. But what is the matter with allowing this in a downhill? I have not even heard of this discipline until today and I am just speechless to see the morons to even allow three skiers going down the slope next to each other. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU! Isn’t it enough that skiers are exposed to tremendous risks as it is, just fighting the odds every time they go down the hill? It should be banned and certainly my opinion is not based on this accident. Shame on whoever calls it a sport.

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Chris

Posted at 11:10 PM on March 10, 2012  

What a stupid comment. What do you propose? Get rid of all sports that are dangerous? This is no more dangerous than a half pipe or super pipe. Downhill events are easily as dangerous because of the extreme speed. Ski jumping. Freestyle jumping. It’s all dangerous. And that’s just skiing. Should we get rid of football because people die every year playing football? Let’s get rid of rock climbing, White water rafting, skydiving, bungee jumping, mountain biking, auto racing, bobsledding, and marathons. How about bath tubs? People die falling in bathtubs way more than people die from sports. Oh and btw my cousin died from a skateboarding accident do your argument there doesn’t work.

This is life. Life can be dangerous. People have every right to participate in a dangerous sport if that’s what they want. It’s a very sad story but that’s life.

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john

Posted at 1:59 PM on March 11, 2012  

How about the people who do it if its a sport to them then it’s a sport. Just like flying planes most people doing the sport know the dangers if they want to do it I say let them as long as i dont have to pay the medical bill.

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demarco

Posted at 7:24 PM on March 10, 2012  

It,s the same damn thing that happended to that lunger, who slapped his head in that pole!

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demarco

Posted at 7:21 PM on March 10, 2012  

It,s the same damn thing that happended to that lunger, who slapped his head in a pole, this hurts, me eeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyy bad!

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Scott

Posted at 7:15 PM on March 10, 2012  

All types of racing is dangerous and everyone signs paperwork saying that they understand that before they race. He died doing something he loved, the rest of us should be so lucky. RIP

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terry

Posted at 6:26 PM on March 10, 2012  

nothing like ‘safety’ devices to break your neck as he fell forward, course design to blame, he took a perfectly normal line to attempt to cut the corner, LOOK the other guys landed very close to the advert timeline too. the 2nd place guy was arguably closer to the advert tower than the canadian.

very sad, hate seeing riders go down

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garry

Posted at 6:06 PM on March 10, 2012  

what a stupid course, a blind take off with a tiny landin area, damn cup course designers need to take a look at the xgames,

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mel

Posted at 5:37 PM on March 10, 2012  

How terribly sad. May he rest in peace.

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Stickee

Posted at 5:28 PM on March 10, 2012  

Audi got their money’s worth out of the ad that killed a 29y/o athlete.

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Posted at 4:01 PM on March 10, 2012  

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