Teen ski racer dies in hospital after Lake Louise crash

Teen ski racer dies in hospital after Lake Louise crash

A 17-year-old ski racer from a club in Germany has died in a Calgary hospital after he was seriously injured during a NorAm event at Lake Louise, Alta.RCMP says the racer lost control during his run on Tuesday afternoon and died from his injuries Wednesday in a Calgary hospital.

Banff EMS and ski patrol worked for almost 30 minutes to stabilize the youth before being airlifted to Foothills hospital in Calgary in serious, life-threatening condition.

Burkhart was a member of Ski Club Garmisch based in the German Alps, about 75 km southwest of Munich.

Burkhart was competing at the Nor-Am Cup when the accident happened.

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The North American Cup at Lake Louise is run by Alpine Canada, which is the national governing body for the sport.

French downhiller David Poisson was killed in a training run crash at nearby Nakiska on November 13 as he prepared for the first men's World Cup downhill of the season.

"It's easy to forget just how risky ski racing can be", said Higgins, himself a former NorAm and NCAA skier.

" The FIS alpine family is once again affected by a tragic loss. Alpine Canada and Alberta Alpine encourage the ski family around the world to support the athletes' family and team mate through this hard time", said Alpine Canada in a statement.

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