Natasha Richardson became the latest high profile celebrity to die while famous and skiing. While it may be safer than drving, bicycling, or swimming there is sometimes blood on the ice (especially if you’re trying to combine any other sports like Micheal Kennedy).
The wife of actor Liam Neeson fell during a private lesson at Mont Tremblant resort yesterday and allegedly told resort employees she felt fine. But an hour later, she complained of an extreme headache and was rushed to a nearby hospital and was brain dead soon after.
Location: Mont Tremblant, Canada
|Bono wrote, arranged, and produced a number of hit records with singles like "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On," although his wife Cher received more attention. His current wife took over his job as a congressmen after his death.
Occupation: Congressman (former singing star with Cher)
Location: Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Michael Kennedy died at the end of 1997 in a skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado. He was skiing with several other members of the Kennedy family when he hit a tree while they were playing football on skis. Kennedy was not wearing a helmet or other safety equipment, and was reportedly filming the football game on a camcorder.
Occupation: Robert Kennedy’s son / head of his brother’s non-profit
Location: Aspen, Colorado
MacPherson was drafted in the first round, 20th overall, of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. In the summer of 1989 the former first round NHL player went on a solo vacation around Europe. His rental car was discovered six weeks later in the parking lot of the Stubaier Gletscher resort in the Stubai Alps in Austria, where he had rented a snowboard and taken lessons. In July, 2003, an employee of the resort discovered his perfectly-preserved body in melting snow.
Occupation: Hockey Player
Location: Stubai Alps, Austria
Ulrike Maier was an Austrian alpine skier, two-time Super-G World Alpine Ski Champion. On 29 January 1994 during a World Cup downhill race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Maier crashed while skiing at 120 km/h down the slope and broke her neck and died shortly after reaching the hospital.
Occupation: Professional Skier
Location: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Doug Coombs Extreme Skiing Pioneer in the US was an American alpine skier and mountaineer who helped to pioneer the sport of extreme skiing, both in North America and worldwide. He died in a severe fall at the Couloir de Polichinelle in La Grave, France while trying to rescue his friend Chad VanderHam, who had fallen and later also died from his injuries.
Occupation: Skiing Pioneer
Location: La Grave, France
|Ewell Doak Walker, Jr. was punter / kicker / halfback for the NFL Detroit Lions and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He later married Olympic skier Skeeter Werner. Doak Walker died September 27, 1998 as a result of injuries suffered previously in a skiing accident.
Occupation: Retired NFL Player
Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
John Fleetwood McWethy was a journalist Special Correspondent for ABC News. McWethy died in a skiing accident while at Keystone Resort. Witnesses reported he missed a turn and struck a tree, suffering blunt force trauma to his chest.
Location: Keystone, Colorado
|Michel Trudeau was the youngest son of the late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He was killed in an avalanche while skiing at British Columbia’s Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. His body was swept into Kokanee Lake. An extensive search was launched, but his body was never found, since the lake’s high altitude and limited days of open waters each year prevented divers from completing the search.
Location: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, Canada
|Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz|
Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and 1st Duke of Cádiz Grandee of Spain was a grandson of King Alfonso XIII of Spain and a legitimate claimant to the throne of France. Alfonso died in a skiing accident in Beaver Creek, Eagle County, Colorado on 30 January 1989. He collided with a cable which was being raised to support a banner at the finish line of a course at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Occupation: Wannabe Monarch / heir to the throne (see Kennedy above)
Location: Beaverton, Colorado
There has been less than one death for every million ski-lift tickets sold in the last decade in the United States. By contrast, the National Safety Council reports that in 1995, the fatality rate for bicycling was 7.1 per million days spent bicycling, and the drowning rate was 17 per million days spent in water sports.
”You are 10 times more likely to become a fatality statistic bicycling than skiing, 100 times more likely in water sports,” said John Frew, president of Colorado Ski Country USA, a group that represents ski areas.
- 85% of all fatalities are males, although males represent only about 55% of the skiers on the hill.
- In a typical year there are about 135,000 medically significant snow sport injuries in the US. Shealy has found 2.5% (3400) of the 135,000 are potentially serious head injuries.
- Annually the US has about 800 head injuries that will have some consequences, in a population of 10 to 15 million participants.
- Approximately 60% of all fatal injuries in skiing involve the head.
- Of the 800 serious head injuries or prevent very many of the 20 head related deaths which occur each year (the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates 11 would be prevented).
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