Caleb Moore, the innovative freestyle snowmobile rider of Krum Texas, tragically died Thursday morning from injuries suffered during a dramatic crash at the 2013 Winter X Games in Colorado; he was only 25.
Caleb and his brother Colten gained national recognition for mastering snowmobiling in a town that rarely sees snow. Before this year’s X-Games, our reporter Walt Maciborski got a unique look into the passion that dominated and defined Caleb’s life.
Walt Maciborski’s profile of the Moore Brothers, coming off of their gold and bronze medal wins at the 2012 X Games:
2012 Winter X Games Stars…. from Texas?
Caleb and Colten Moore take home gold and bronze medals in snowmobile freestyle
You would think the world’s best X Games snowmobilers would be from Colorado, Utah or Washington. Not Krum, Texas. But, Texans Caleb and Colten Moore prepare for the X Games in their backyard, surrounded by fields, cows and brush. Colten took home gold and Caleb grabbed a bronze for their high flying stunts.
“It’s absolutely awesome, especially to be able to do it with my brother,” said Caleb.
Caleb and Colten Moore are two of the most elite snowmobile freestyle riders in the world.
“You’ve got to be a little bit stupid, a little crazy and really calculated actually,” said Colten.
The Moore brothers are known for their big air and crazy tricks. They were the first to pull off a tandem flip at the 2012 X Games in Aspen, Colorado.
“The tandem flip was awesome,” said Colten.
Colten even kicked his feet while in the air in a move called an “Indian Air.”
“Everybody’s been talking about it,” Caleb said. “It is the highlight of the year, everybody loves it.”
But, Krum isn’t known for its snow. So how do the Moore brothers practice at such a high level?
“It really is funny whenever a lot of people hear about a couple, now the top snowmobile riders, being from Texas,” Caleb said. “I found out that we are the only Winter X Games athletes from Texas.
They built their own foam landing pit, put in some jumps and started by practicing and landing tricks on ATV’s. “We always wanted to be in X-Games and couldn’t do it on quads so we got some snowmobiles here in Texas,” Colten said. “We did a little bit of practice and made it into X-Games.”
Flying through the air seems to be in their blood. They grew up riding motorcycles and ATV’s and racing on the weekends while other kids in Texas were playing football.
Even though they make it look easy things don’t always go as planned. Colten had a big crash doing what is called a “holy grab” at the Winter X Games.
“Went for a holy grab which is where you jump upright,” said Colten. “You’re supposed to completely let go of the sled and then go to grab the seat. Well, I jumped off a little too far and wasn’t able to grab the seat and from that point on I was trying to fly.”
“I just saw him fly out of sight in the air chasing his snowmobile,” Caleb said. “Luckily he was able to tuck and roll out of it.”
Both of the brothers say they’ve had about 10 concussions and broke about almost every bone in their bodies.
But, spoken like a true Texan, Colten sums it up.
“You’ve just got to you know, get bucked off your horse you’ve got to get back on,” Colten said.