VANCOUVER, Canada – American professional freeskier Jamie Crane-Mauzy is reportedly in critical condition after crashing during a competition run Saturday during the World Skiing Invitational/AFP World Tour Finals in Whistler, B.C.
According to an email sent Monday morning from Crane-Mauzy’s publicist, “Jamie is currently sedated and being monitored from Saturday’s crash in Whistler, B.C. Her family is asking that everyone respect their wishes of making Jamie’s health and recovery a priority at this time. The family will send an update once they have more information. Jamie’s sister, Jeanee, and her family are with Jamie.”
Following a treacherous spill during an attempt to land a double flatspin during the AFP (Association of Freeskiing Professionals) Tour Finals, Crane-Mauzy was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital ICU on Saturday, where family members met with physicians to discuss the results of her neurological tests and assessments. Further tests will be conducted in the coming days.
Crane-Mauzy’s family released a statement on Monday, thanking friends and fans for the outpouring of well wishes and encouraging positive reinforcement for the injured athlete.
“I can tell Jamie feels everyone’s love, support, and energy,” explained her sister and U.S. Ski Team freeskier Jeanee Crane-Mauzy. “It’s giving her strength. … It’s giving all of us strength.”
On Wednesday, her family posted on her Facebook page that they remain optimitistic.
“The Crane-Mauzy family remains positive, hopeful and touched by the thousands of encouraging positivity from thousands of Jamie’s friends and fans.”
Jamie Crane-Mauzy, a Park City, Utah, resident is an all-around skier who competed in alpine racing until 2009 as a member of the Waterville Valley BBTS. She made history in 2013 during the X Games in Aspen, Colo., when she became the first female freeskier to land a double backflip in competition and again at the North Face Park & Pipe Open, when she became the first female to backflip off a rail in competition that same year. She is currently ranked second overall on the AFP World Tour. Friends say Crane-Mauzy is best known for her sharp wit, bubbly personality, adventurous spirit, and infectious sparkle.
Well wishes can be shared across social media using the hashtag #MoCrazyStrong. Text, photo, and video messages sent to MoCrazyStrong@gmail.com are also being compiled by the family. Letters and cards can be sent via post to the following address:
U.S. Ski Team
Center of Excellence
1 Victory Lane
Park City, UT 84098
Crane-Mauzy’s crash comes just three years after Canadian freeskier and four-time X Games gold medalist Sarah Burke suffered a fatal crash in the halfpipe during a training routine in Park City in 2012. Slopestyle freeskiing made its Olympic debut at the 2014 Winter Games and was one of the highest viewed events.
Release courtesy of Graham Ellison Management