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Teen ski racer dies in hospital after Lake Louise crash

Teen ski racer dies in hospital after Lake Louise crash

The 17-year-old was a member of Ski Club Partenkirchen in Germany and attended Sugar Bowl Academy in California.

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

Ski patrollers and EMS worked to stabilize the skier as a STARS air ambulance was dispatched to transport the teen to Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.

But Burkhart died on December 6, with his the news being confirmed the following day.

Prior to a training run at Lake Louise on Monday, the Nor-Am Cup would have been Burkhart's first competition in Canada.

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"Alpine Canada and Alberta Alpine are devastated about this tragic loss of life", said a statement from Alpine Canada.

"The tragic deaths of Max and David Poisson are sombre reminders of the risks these athletes take every day they are on the hill - the worldwide skiing community is small and losses like these hit us hard".

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

A spokesperson from Lake Louise Ski Resort says staff and everyone who helped keep him alive on the hill after the incident sends their deepest sympathy and condolences to the family, teammates, and everyone competing in the event.


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