Teenage alpine skier Max Burkhart dies in crash

Paola Ditto
Dicembre 7, 2017

17-year-old German skier Max Burkhart has died following a crash during downhill training for the NorAm speed races in Lake Louise, Canada.

RCMP said in a release Wednesday that the medical examiner is investigating his death.

A Lake Louise guest host directs skiers off the mountain after a power failure shut down all operations prior to the women's World Cup downhill race in Lake Louise, Alta., on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.

RCMP confirms that emergency first aid was immediately provided on the scene and Burkhart was transported to Foothills Hospital in Calgary via the STARS Air Ambulance in critical condition.

A teammate told CTV News that Burkhart attends school in the United States and was not travelling with the team.

" Alpine Canada and Alberta Alpine are devastated about this tragic loss of life and sends its deepest condolences to his family and team-mates".

"The Locke family and all the staff at Lake Louise have been holding out hope since yesterday that this would have a better outcome", said Lake Louise spokesperson Dan Markham. "Alpine Canada and Alberta Alpine encourage the ski family around the world to support the athlete's family and teammates through this hard time", officials said in a statement to 660 NEWS.

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