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Extreme Skier McConkey Dies In Italy

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    Extreme skier Shane McConkey dies in jump in Italy


    Extreme skier McConkey dies in jump in Italy
    39-year-old was named top skier in North America by Skiing Mag in 2001

    The Associated Press
    updated 12:59 p.m. ET, Fri., March. 27, 2009

    CORVARA, Italy - Extreme skier Shane McConkey was killed jumping off a
    cliff with a parachute while filming a movie in Italy. He was 39.

    His sponsor Red Bull confirmed his death Thursday.

    McConkey was in Corvara on a ski-BASE jump when he had a mid-air
    malfunction, Red Bull said in a statement. Italian emergency
    responders arrived within minutes and pronounced him dead at the
    scene, according to the sponsor.

    "Shane loved life and innovated both sport worlds he touched, skiing
    and B.A.S.E. Jumping,'' Red Bull spokesman Patrice Radden said in a
    statement. "Unfortunately, the sport he pioneered also carries
    inherent risks.''

    McConkey founded the International Free Skiing Association and had
    grown popular in recent years for his BASE jumping competitions and
    big-mountain film exploits.

    During his career he won the IFSA world tour of freeskiing in 1996 and
    1998, and finished second in the 1999 Winter X Games Skier X
    competition. In 2001, Skiing Mag listed him as the top skier in North
    America, and Powder magazine readers voted him skier of the year three

    McConkey lived and trained at Squaw Valley's Olympic Village south of
    Truckee, California. He is survived by his wife, Sherry, and 3-year-old daughter, Ayla.