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X Games scrubs snowmobile freestyle demo in France

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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2010, file photo, Colby Crapo, left, leads Carl Schubitzke over a jump during a heat to determine placement in the snowmobile snocross final at the Winter X Games at Buttermilk Mountain outside Aspen, Colo. After the death last month of a competitor in a snowmobile crash at the Winter X Games, regulators have signaled they'll take a new look at the permitting process for the Winter X Games, including the possibility that they'll get more involved in the ins and outs of the actual events, which are usually left to ESPN's discretion. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

The Associated Press

First published Feb 13 2013 10:37AM
Updated Feb 13, 2013 10:42AM

The Winter X Games will cancel a snowmobile freestyle demonstration at the next stop in Tignes, France, next month as organizers review safety protocols in the wake of Caleb Moore’s death.

Moore died last month from injuries he sustained when his 450-pound sled rolled over him after a backflip gone wrong in Aspen, Colo. The tragedy left everyone involved — snowmobilers, the people who issue the permits for the event and the programmers at ESPN, which sanctions and televises the X Games — re-examining the niche sport.

In a statement released Tuesday, X Games officials said: "Our review of snowmobile freestyle continues."

The X Games stop in Tignes will be March 20-22 and feature some of the top freeskiers and snowboarders in the world.

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