17-year-old German skier dies after serious crash at Lake Louise

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

A 17-year-old ski racer from a club in Germany has died in a Calgary hospital after being severely injured during a NorAm event at Lake Louise on Tuesday.

According to the International Ski Federation, Burkhart began his international skiing career in November 2016, competing in over 60 downhill, slalom and super G races across Europe, North and South America.

Emergency crews responded immediately to the scene.

Burkhart was a member of the Skiclub Partenkirchen of Germany.

On Dec. 6, Burkhart succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

RCMP said in a release Wednesday that the medical examiner is investigating his death.

Burkhart crashed into the netting and was flown to a Calgary area hospital by STARS air ambulance after being tended to by ski patrol, doctors and paramedics.

Alpine Canada Alpin has issued a statement on their Facebook page expressing their condolences. French world cup downhill ski racer David Poisson was killed in a training run crash at Nakiska on November 13.

Former competitive skier and Ski Racing Media senior editor Sean Higgins tells Postmedia these sorts of tragedies weigh heavily on the close-knit competitive skiing community. "Alpine Canada and Alberta Alpine encourage the ski family around the world to support the athletes' family and teammate through this hard time".

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