Click here for Video: Zoricic Family Calls Course a “Death Trap”
This video is Tim Danson (the Zoricic lawyer) describing the skier cross accident that killed Canadian Nik Zoricic and how it could have been avoided in Toronto, Canada.
“The finish line of this World Cup race was a death trap. If you miss the finish line by a few feet, the result should be disqualification — not death.” – Tim Danson, Zoricic lawyer.
“Every cell in my body hurts, and knowing it could’ve been prevented is agony.” – Sylvia Zoricic, mother of deceased skier Nik Zoricic.
This fatal accident occurred at a World Cup skier cross race in Grindelwalkd, Switzerland on March 10th, 2012 and is currently being looking into by the Swiss police.
POINTS MADE AGAINST COURSE LAYOUT:
– Jump put skiers too far skiers right into the fencing (Nik took off within the blue lines, landed far outside of them)
– Landing wasn’t entirely groomed (Nik landed in “crud” snow)
– B netting was the wrong type of fencing (A netting should have been used)
– “Brick wall” of snow (that likely killed Nik) was inbounds and un-netted and shouldn’t have been there
Another, shorter video, here: Nik Zoricic crash analysis video
“We don’t know what kind of investigation’s going on and we don’t trust it until we have more information. Nothing is going to happen unless pressure is brought to bear.” – Tim Danson, Zoricic lawyer.
Nik Zoricic was 29-years old on the day of his accident.
Unofficial sends our heart felt condolences to the Zoricic family and everyone effected by this tragedy. We hope the World Cup learns from this and makes the necessary modifications in future skier cross layouts.