X-Games Athlete Dies After Sustaining Injuries During a Jump

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American freestyle motocross racer Jeremy Lusk has died of head injuries two days after crashing while trying to land a backflip in competition. He was 24.

The Temecula (California) resident had surgery in Calderon
Hospital in San Jose, Costa Rica, to relieve swelling on his brain,
but his condition worsened and he died today.

Lusk won a gold medal at the 2008 X Games. He was injured
Saturday night when he failed to complete a full rotation while
attempting a Hart Attack backflip and slammed headfirst into the
dirt. Lusk crashed in almost identical fashion in the freestyle
semifinals at the 2007 X Games but was unhurt.

He had a successful 2008 season, winning Freestyle gold at the X
Games and silver in Best Trick when he landed the first double-grab
Hart Attack backflip. He won a bronze helmet in Freestyle at the
Moto X World Championships in his hometown of San Diego.

Lusk is survived by his wife, Lauren.