Professional snowboarder Marko Grilc, 38, dies after hitting his head on a rock in Austria

Professional snowboarder Marko Grilc, 38, dies after hitting his head on a rock in Austria

  • Snowboarder Marko Grilc, 38, died after accident in the Sölden ski area
  • He was not wearing a helmet when he hit his head on a rock in Tyrol, Austria
  • Staff and his team tried to resuscitate him, but the snowboarder died on the spot










A professional snowboarder has died of a fatal head injury after an accident in an Austrian ski resort.

Marko Grilc, 38, from Slovenia, was not wearing a helmet when he fell on Tuesday and hit his head on a snow-covered rock.

A police press release from Tyrol, Austria said a 38-year-old man from Slovenia died in a snowboarding accident while part of a film crew.

Marko Grilc, 38, from Slovenia (pictured in 2010), was not wearing a helmet when he fell and hit his head on a snow-covered rock this Tuesday

His team and staff at the Sölden ski area tried to resuscitate him, but he died on the spot, CNN reports.

Burton Snowboards and GoPro, both Grilc’s sponsors, confirmed the news Wednesday.

Burton Snowboards tweeted: “It is with a heavy heart that we share that yesterday our dear friend and Burton team rider Marko “Grilo” Grilc passed away in a snowboarding accident.

“Our hearts go out to his fiancée Nina and their children, family and friends, who all shared his love and passion for snowboarding.”

During his 11-year competing career, Grilc has made a name for himself in freestyle snowboarding

During his 11-year competing career, Grilc has made a name for himself in freestyle snowboarding

A message from GoPro said: “We are saddened to hear the news of Marko Grilc’s passing.

“He was a beloved member of the GoPro family and inspired us not only as a professional athlete, but also as a father and a wonderful human being.

He was a legend and will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Grilc, who is survived by his fiancée and two children, was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

In a 2020 interview with snowboard magazine Sequence, Grilc said he started snowboarding when he was eight and got his first sponsor as a 14-year-old.

The snowboarder leaves behind his fiancée and two children

The snowboarder leaves behind his fiancée and two children

He told the publication, “At one point I had this epiphany about how cool my life was.

‘When you love something as much as I do snowboarding, and you realize it can become your job.

“It never felt like work because I’m so passionate about it and can do it 20 hours a day. It’s always nice.’

During his 11-year career competing, he made a name for himself in freestyle snowboarding, debuting at the 2002 FIS Junior World Championships in Finland according to the International Ski Federation (FIS) website.

Burton Snowboards and GoPro, both Grilc sponsors, confirmed the news on Wednesday

Burton Snowboards and GoPro, both Grilc sponsors, confirmed the news on Wednesday

Grilc took nine podiums and won the Big Air events at the 2004 European Cup in Croatia and the World Cup in London in 2010.

His last competitive event was at the 2013 World Cup in Copper Mountain, Colorado in the US, where he finished 71st.

Grilc then focused more on snowboard-related film projects, often recording his travels on a YouTube channel.

His latest video is called ‘Disconnected’ and was posted earlier this year in March, documenting his visit to the Prokletije Mountains in Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro.

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