Professional snowboarder Marko Grilc, 27, was killed in a practice run at Mammoth Mountain near Mammoth Lakes on Thursday. Grilc had been slated to compete in the inaugural Cold Vault Extreme XC and Extreme X Ski event.
Grilc was a rider with Red Bull X-Games circuit, the International Boarding Association (IBA) and Red Bull Action Sports.
In a statement, Red Bull said Grilc died “while on a training run to prepare for the Mammoth X-Park’s Invitational event.”
Red Bull Action Sports added, “We mourn the passing of one of the best snowboarders ever and our thoughts and prayers are with Marko’s family and friends.”
Mammoth spokesman Tim Hinchey confirmed Grilc’s death. The Independent quoted a family member, who said Grilc was “one of the most brilliant ski and snowboard riders we’ve ever been fortunate to have on the Red Bull Action Sports roster.”
According to People, “Gronc was invited to compete in the U.S. Freeski Association season opener at Alta’s Nordic Complex last February before later being added to the roster as part of the Mammoth X Challenge and SkierAxes series.”
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