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    Olympic Snowboarder Dies in Practice

    Swedish Snowboarder Dies During Practice

    By Associated Press

    WILMINGTON, N.Y. - Swedish snowboarder Jonatan Johansson died Sunday after falling during a snowboardcross run down Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks.

    The 26-year-old Turin Olympics competitor lost control 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.

    A state police report said Johansson tried to correct himself but landed hard. An autopsy found the cause of death to be multiple internal injuries.

    Officials said Johansson landed within the course boundaries and was wearing a helmet. Olympic Regional Development Authority spokesman Sandy Caligiore said he did not hit a tree, a pole or any other obstacle. The course where Johansson crashed, the Boreen Trail, has special snowboardcross features constructed for competition.
    Johansson was on a section of the trail by himself 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.

    The Swede had been competing at the World Cup level since 2000. Johansson 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.
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    Wow, just from a crash? that's really too bad.

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    debbie downer, damn that sucks

    Is it cold out here?
    Or is it just cause I am naked.

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    RIP brother

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    RIP... can see again that snowboarding's not a sissy sport.

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    My thoughts and prayers go out to our fellow rider and to his family.
    May he be in a place with never ending freshies and endless winter.
    It is a sad thing to hear. Long live snowboarding and may we have a moment of silence for our fallen brother.
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    that sucks hard... hopefully he's resting well.
    but is that from to different articles? because in one it says "an autopsy found" and then it says "an autopsy will be performed on monday."

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    I was at Whiteface for Saturday and Sunday. I heard rumors about somebody getting injured on the boardcross competition but thought that it wasn't serious.

    This is unfortunate and I think its a terrible loss

    Thanks for the news post Spotty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skankinboy13
    that sucks hard... hopefully he's resting well.
    but is that from to different articles? because in one it says "an autopsy found" and then it says "an autopsy will be performed on monday."
    Maybe they performed an initial autopsy, but will perform further studies att he facilities main center today?

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    That sucks. I hate to hear when people are killed doing something they love.
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