DENVER — Krum snowmobiler Caleb Moore was in critical condition Tuesday at a Colorado hospital after a dramatic crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, and a relative said the family wasn’t hopeful about the 25-year-old’s chances for survival.
Moore was performing a flip Thursday when he clipped the top of a landing ramp and went over the handlebars and landed face first in the snow. The snowmobile rolled over him, but he walked off with help and went to a hospital with a concussion.
Moore later developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to a hospital in Grand Junction for surgery. The family later said that Moore also had a complication involving his brain.
“Caleb is not doing good at all,” Caleb’s 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.”
Family spokeswoman Chelsea Lawson said Moore, 25, appreciates all the support he’s been getting from his neighbors in Denton County as he tries to recover.
“[Moore’s] condition remains the same as we released late [Monday],” Lawson said. She didn’t give additional details about Moore’s health, only that his condition was critical.
A separate accident Thursday left Moore’s younger brother, Colten, with a separated pelvis.
“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,” Lawson said. “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.”
In a statement, X Games officials said their thoughts and prayers were with Caleb and his family. They also said that they’ve paid close attention to safety issues during the event’s 18-year history.
“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.
To help defray the medical costs, a website has been set up for the family. There’s a picture of Moore on the site and a message that reads: “Caleb Moore is an inspiration to us all and we want to support him and his family so they may stay strong during this difficult time. If you are not familiar with Caleb, he lives life to the fullest.
“The world knows Caleb as a brilliant freestyle rider, but his family and friends know him as a fun-loving and deeply loyal person.”
Caleb Moore grew up racing all-terrain vehicles in Texas and crossed over into snowmobiling after he got tired of running around a track and because it offered better sponsorship opportunities, his agent, D.C. Vaught, said. Two weeks after Vaught taught the 17-year-old Moore to do a backflip, Vaught said, Caleb said he was ready for prime time and joined Vaught’s road show, including a trip to Europe.
Vaught said Moore set up a practice ramp 70 feet long and 10 feet tall in Krum. Caleb began launching his snowmobile into pools of foam a month before the 2010 X Games. After a brief training run on snow ramps in Michigan, Vaught said, he joined the big leagues and never looked back. He still uses the foam pit for practice.
Staff Writer John D. Harden contributed to this report.