Injuries and the X Games tend to go hand-in-hand. The risk of injury at the Winter X Games increased about 600 percent a couple of years ago when they added freestyle snowmobile stunts to the roster.
What could possibly go wrong with people doing flips on heavy snowmobile? A lot.
Last night during the X Games' "Snowmobile Freestyle Finals," Caleb Johnson didn't land a flip and instead had his snowmobile land on top of him. It was a scary scene.
Caleb got up and walked away from the crash, but he encountered problems later on:
Update on Caleb Moore: While being evaluated late last nt,he developed bleeding around the heart and was urgently flighted to Grand Junction— Jamie Little (@JamieLittleESPN) January 25, 2013
More on Caleb: He underwent surgery this morning. The procedure went well, and he is currently in ICU with a heart contusion. @xgames— Jamie Little (@JamieLittleESPN) January 25, 2013
It sounds like he'll make a recovery from his injury, which is amazingly positive.
Later on in the finals, his younger brother Colten also failed to land a jump. The snowmobile landed on his right hip, which is obviously a bad thing.
Update on Colten Moore: XGames Medical reports that Colten sustained a pubic diastasis (separation of the pelvis). Will not require surgery.— Jamie Little (@JamieLittleESPN) January 25, 2013
Colten should be ok too, but it goes to show just how dangerous the X Games — and doing flips on a snowmobile — really are. But knowing how these athletes operate, they'll both be back on a snowmobile doing flips in no time.
UPDATE: Caleb Moore died from his injuries.