Snowmobilers react after deadly crash

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

AUGUSTA, Wisc. (WEAU) - Safety in the extreme sports world is in the spotlight after a snowmobiler died from a crash at the X Games competition.

With 450 pound machines flying through the air, snowmobilers said they know things can go wrong.

"They couldn't be more prepared than they are. These guys are fit, they know what they're getting themselves into. They're extreme athletes," former racer and X Games spectator Jeff Wilson of Eau Claire said.

Riders and parents are now faced with a decision to make after pro-freestyle snowmobiler Caleb Moore died from brain complications Thursday. Last week at the X Games, he flew over his handle bars during a backflip before the sled landed on him.

Although it wasn't a backflip, Troy Malcein of Augusta said his 13-year-old son Devin had a similar crash during practice last year.

"In the midair, my sled broke and just locked up the track, end over end," Devin Malcein said. "I broke my femur, then got a rod that's still in today."

Wilson was at the X Games this week and said the sport is as safe as it can be.

"I can't see them changing anything saying you can't do this ... if it hasn't been done yet, somebody's gonna do it," Wilson said.

"These guys are tremendous athletes, they train year round," Troy Malcein said. "They're somewhat crazy individuals.

Devin Malcein said he does want to race professionally, but isn't interested in doing backflips, a relief for his dad, Troy.

Wilson said many snowmobilers are honoring Moore through memorials. "Rest in peace Caleb. My heart goes out to your friends, your family and your fans. You'll be missed," Wilson said.


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