CALGARY, ALTA. (April 25, 2012) – Alpine Canada president Max Gartner issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the call for a collaborative partnership and investigation into the death of ski cross athlete Nik Zoricic.
“Our thoughts and support continue to be with Nik’s family and loved ones. Nik’s death has been a tremendous loss for the family, our team and the ski community. Alpine Canada shares the same desire as Nik's family to learn any lessons from this tragic accident. There is presently an investigation underway by the Swiss police and state authorities; Alpine Canada plans to thoroughly review the findings of the investigation.
“Alpine Canada is also working with the International Ski Federation (FIS) to try to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future and will actively participate in the FIS ski cross advisory group which includes alpine-skiing specialists and snowboard experts. This group will be reviewing ski cross rules, specifications and processes as part of their post- season evaluation.
“The safety of our athletes is our No. 1 priority. In addition to holding an internal review, in the fall Alpine Canada will be holding a second-annual Safety Summit.”
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