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Caleb Moore Winter X Games 2013: Snowmobiler Undergoes Heart Surgery After Crash

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 29:  Caleb Moore displays his silver medal from the snomobile best trick during Winter X Games 2012 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 29, 2012 in Aspen, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2013

Snowmobiler Caleb Moore underwent successful surgery to repair a heart contusion Friday morning following a horrific crash during Thursday's Freestyle final at the 2013 Winter X Games. According to an official report from the X Games' medical staff, Moore developed bleeding around his heart and is currently in the intensive care unit recovering (via ESPN):

While Caleb was being evaluated late last night, he developed bleeding around the heart and was urgently flighted to Grand Junction [Colo.]. He underwent surgery this morning. The procedure went well, and Caleb is currently in ICU with a heart contusion.

Moore's crash came toward the end of his first run of the Freestyle finals. Flawless through most of the run, Moore attempted an indy air backflip but did not generate enough speed and under-rotated his snowmobile. With the skis of his snowmobile catching the top of the decline, Moore went tumbling helplessly. The snowmobile flipped on top of him with full force in an ugly sight that left many in Aspen speechless.

On impact, Moore was knocked unconscious and remained motionless for minutes following the crash. Per ESPN, he was treated for a concussion and suffered other serious injuries. 

Considered one of the top snowmobile riders in the world, Moore was largely seen as a favorite to medal in this year's games. Moore already has three Winter X Games medals under his belt, including a bronze in the Freestyle final last year and a silver for Best Trick during the 2011 Games.

Part of a snowmobiling family dynasty, Caleb's brother, Colten Moore, also competed and crashed in Thursday night's event. Colten suffered a separated pelvis and also stayed in an Aspen hospital overnight. 

Here's hoping that both Moores have a full and speedy recovery.

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