Backflips 100 feet in the air on a 500-pound snowmobile — what could possibly go wrong?
Obviously, a lot of things could go wrong. And one of those things did go wrong for Winter X-Game competitor Caleb Moore — one of the very worst things. Attempting a backflip near the end of his run, Moore failed to rotate enough and crashed hard into the ground below. His head smashed hard into the ground and his snowmobile bounced and then landed hard on him.
In other words, ouch.
Here’s the video. To borrow a term from the X-Games, it’s really gnarly (which means those with weak stomachs might want to look away):
At first, it was believed that Moore escaped with only minor injuries. Well, sort of. He suffered a concussion in the incident, but he told the New York Times before his run that he thinks he’s had at least 10 of them. When a snowmobile lands on you, a minor concussion doesn’t sound like such a bad outcome.
Later that evening, however, things took a turn for the worse — much worse. Doctors discovered internal bleeding around Moore’s heart and were forced to perform emergency heart surgery.
Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Moore. His brother, Colten, was also injured and taken to hospital following a snowmobile accident at the X-Games.