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17-year-old German skier dead after crash at Lake Louise

17-year-old German skier dead after crash at Lake Louise

A German teenager died in a Calgary hospital on Wednesday, one day after being seriously injured during a downhill training run in Lake Louise, Canada.

The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. when the young skier, identified as Max Burkhart, went into the netting.

Emergency crews responded immediately to the scene.

RCMP says the racer lost control during his run on Tuesday afternoon and died from his injuries Wednesday in a Calgary hospital.

The RCMP is assisting the office of the Medical Examiner in investigating the death and no criminal charges are expected.

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

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Alpine Canada Alpin has issued a statement on their Facebook page expressing their condolences.

A spokesperson for Alpine Canada said they are devastated about this tragic loss of life.

Burkhart's death comes just weeks after French downhill skier David Poisson was killed during a training run in nearby Nakiska, dying November 13 after colliding with a tree.

"Alpine Canada and Alberta Alpine encourage the ski family around the world to support the athlete's family and teammates through this hard time".

Former competitive skier and Ski Racing Media senior editor Sean Higgins tells Postmedia these sorts of tragedies weigh heavily on the close-knit competitive skiing community.


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