Snowboarder Marko Grilc dies in accident, according to sponsors

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a Press release Police in Tyrol, Austria, said a 38-year-old Slovenian man suffered serious head injuries in a snowboarding accident on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the man was part of a filming team exploring the area when the snowboarder, who was not wearing a helmet, fell and hit his head on a snow-covered cliff.

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The statement concluded that despite efforts by his team and resort staff to revive the Slovenian man, the victim died on the spot.

Two of Grilk’s sponsors – Burton Snowboards and GoPro – confirmed the snowboarder’s death via Twitter on Wednesday.

“With a heavy heart we share that yesterday, our dear friend and Burton team rider Marco “Grillo” Grillk passed away in an accident while snowboarding,” Burton Snowboards tweeted,

“Our hearts go out to his fiancée Nina and her children, family and friends who shared their love and passion for snowboarding.”

a Statement Read from GoPro: “We are saddened to hear of the passing of Marco Grilk. He was a beloved member of the GoPro family and inspired us not only as a professional athlete, but as a father and a wonderful human being.

“He was a legend and will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

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Grilk is survived by his fiancé and two children.

Born in Ljubljana, Grilk became a prominent name in the freestyle snowboarding scene during his long career.

According to the International Ski Federation (FIS) WebsiteThe Slovenian made his first competitive appearance at the 2002 FIS Junior World Championships in Finland.

During a competitive career spanning 11 years, Grilk would record nine podium finishes – victories at the 2004 European Cup in Croatia and the 2010 World Cup in London via Big Air Events.

His last competitive appearance came at the 2013 World Cup in Copper Mountain, Colorado, and Grilk later went on to a variety of filming ventures related to snowboarding.

The 38-year-old documented his many travels Youtube channelwith his last video ‘disconnected’ – Posted in March earlier this year – Showcasing his time in the Prokletije mountain range, which borders Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro.

“Snowboarding is so easy, it’s basically skimming up a mountain on a piece of wood,” Grilk says at the end of the video.

“Just the stoke you get from riding, ill queuing, and the joy I saw here was unreal. I’m sure this crew of people will have stories to tell for years to come.”


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