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Swedish snowboarder dies during training
WebPosted Sun, 12 Mar 2006 15:51:04 EST
Tragedy quickly overcame triumph Sunday on Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks, as Swedish snowboarder Jonatan Johansson died after falling badly during his run.
The 26-year-old, who competed recently at the Torino Olympics, made a bad landing on one of his jumps during training for an International Ski Federation World Cup competition, according to U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Association spokesman Tom Kelly.
"He had a problem on his landing," Kelly said.
Details of the crash were not immediately available, but officials revealed that Johansson was wearing a helmet and landed within the course boundaries.
Olympic Regional Development Authority spokesman Sandy Caligiore said he didn't hit a tree, a pole or any other obstacle.
Johansson crashed on the Boreen Trail, which has special snowboardcross features constructed for competition. He was alone on a section of the trail when he fell.
He was transported to Adirondack Medical Center in nearby Lake Placid, where he was pronounced dead, according to hospital spokeswoman Beth Donahue.
An autopsy will be performed Monday at the medical facility's main center in Saranac Lake.
Johansson had been competing at the World Cup level since 2000. He finished 12th in snowboardcross at Turin. He was ranked 45th in the World Cup standings this season.
Whiteface, down the road from Lake Placid, was hosting the four-day World Cup event. The rest of the snowboardcross event was canceled.
with files from Associated Press