Vernon’s Tom van Steenbergen undergoes surgery after serious accident at Red Bull Rampage – Vernon News – .

Vernon’s Tom van Steenbergen undergoes surgery after serious accident at Red Bull Rampage – Vernon News – .

Vernon’s Tom van Steenbergen undergoes surgery on Saturday after suffering a serious accident and fracturing several bones during the Red Bull Rampage mountain bike competition on Friday.

Twelve of the world’s top freeride riders competed in Friday’s event in Virgin, Utah, with Whistler’s Brandon Semenuk taking first place for the second year in a row.

On his first run, van Steenbergen landed a front flip on a massive fall – a move that ultimately won him the prize for best trick. But seconds later, he attempted a back jump on the next jump, landed awkwardly, and went over his handlebars.

The exhilaration and excitement of the announcers quickly turned to stunned silence as van Steenbergen lay in the dust for several minutes, with the medical staff attending to him.

The 25-year-old was taken to a local hospital, where he later posted an update on his condition on Instagram, along with a photo of himself thumbing up from his hospital bed.

“I have received hundreds of incredible messages from you, and I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” van Steenbergen wrote.

“I broke my left and right hip sockets into several pieces, one piece from the top of my femur and one piece from my lower vertebrae. Unfortunately, I parted the same shoulder that I just healed as well.

“I feel extremely lucky to be able to fully recover after this horrible slam. “

He added that he was undergoing “a long operation” on Saturday.

This was his sixth appearance at Rampage, after a third place finish in 2019, the last time the event took place.

Runners and their trail builders spend days building their own trails on extremely steep rock faces, before practicing and setting up their tricks. On competition day, each runner has two chances to complete their races, hitting jumps and falling off cliffs while throwing flips, spins and other tricks.

The judge marks the races according to the style, the figures, the difficulty of the lines and the size of the jumps and falls chosen.

The winner of the 2018 event, Brett Rheeder, was born in Ontario but now also lives in Vernon. He was unable to compete this year due to a knee injury he sustained in September.


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