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Winter X contender crashes, in critical condition

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 30, 2013 at 2:30 am •  Published: January 30, 2013

DENVER (AP) — Caleb Moore grew up racing all-terrain vehicles in Texas but later switched to snowmobiles, learning to do tricks and flips far from the mountain slopes. He was a fast learner, going from beginner to a fierce competitor in action sports in a short time.

But his run could end after a crash last week during the Winter X Games left him in critical condition Tuesday. His family said they weren't hopeful about the 25-year-old's chances for survival.

Moore was performing a flip off a jump Thursday when he caught the top of the hill that was serving as a landing area and went over the handlebars, landing face-first into the snow. His snowmobile rolled over him, but he walked away with help and went to a hospital with a concussion.

Moore later developed bleeding around his heart. His family said that Moore, of Krum, Texas, also had a complication involving his brain.

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

A family spokeswoman thanked fans and friends for their support in a statement Tuesday, but declined further comment.

Moore's younger brother, Colten, was also injured at the games in Aspen on Thursday, suffering a separated pelvis. In a separate event Sunday, a runaway sled veered into the crowd after the rider fell off during a jump gone wrong.

The injuries underscore the dangers at the games, an increasingly popular showcase of the world's best action sports athletes in a festival atmosphere. In Sunday's incident, snowmobiling newcomer Jackson Strong tumbled off his machine during the best trick competition. The throttle stuck on the 450-pound sled and it swerved toward fans who scurried away.

In a statement, X Games officials said they've paid close attention to safety issues during the event's 18-year history. "Still, when the world's best compete at the highest level in any sport, risks remain. Caleb is a four-time X Games medalist who fell short on his rotation on a move he has landed several times previously," the statement said.

B.C. Vaught, Moore's agent, said his client is a quick and determined learner: "Whatever he wanted to do, he did it," Vaught said.

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