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Rising U.S. mogulist Eric Nageotte-Lowe killed in New Zealand skiing accident

Rising U.S. mogulist Eric Nageotte-Lowe killed in New Zealand skiing accident{mosimage}On September 7, Eric Nageotte-Lowe, 18, a top moguls skier from South Lake Tahoe, was killed in an accident at Treble Cone, New Zealand.

Shortly after breaking for lunch near the Mid Wave run, said witnesses, Nageotte-Lowe began skiing again and crashed into a creek bed. “He was really flying,” one witness told the Otago Daily Times. “I saw a black silhouette out of the corner of my eye and then he vanished into the stream.”

Having suffered serious head and neck trauma, Nageotte-Lowe was unable to be resuscitated by medical staff, who arrived on the scene shortly after the accident.

A Far West freestyle skier who aspired to join the U.S. Ski Team, Nageotte-Lowe had received the trip to the summer mogul camp at Treble Cone as a graduation gift from his parents.

“He was a great kid, a real character and a fantastic skier,” his New Zealand coach, Greg Harrington, told the Times.

According to a story in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, at age five Nageotte-Lowe came to the rescue of his father, Ron, by skiing for help after Ron hit a tree and was knocked unconscious.

“He saved my life that day,” Ron told the Tribune. “I only wish I could have been there to save his.”

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