Austrian skier Ulrike Maier, seen here in a 1992 race, died after breaking her neck in a crash during a World Cup race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in 1994. J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images
The perils of skiing are once again headline news, after the death of Toronto racer Nik Zoricic during a World Cup event in Switzerland on Saturday.
The 29-year-old alpine skier missed the final jump during a skicross race at Grindelwald and slammed into safety nets along the side of the course. He was airlifted to a local hospital with head injuries but died soon after.
Here’s a look at other skiers who died while competing in international events or in practice.
This downhill racer was an Italian champion who competed in the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. During a 1938 race in Garmisch, the 24-year-old Sertorelli tried to navigate an unmarked slope and hit a tree. He died in hospital.
A French alpine skier, Bozon was killed at Megève in France during a World Cup downhill event. The 3,328-metre course is notoriously difficult – it contains an 824-metre drop – and Bozon fell heavily, fracturing his skull and a thigh and dying later in hospital.
This Austrian alpine skier finished his professional career in 1982, with a World Championship (1978) and five World Cup wins under his belt. He died during a benefit race in his hometown of Schladming.
A promising Italian alpine skier, David was renowned for a signature "hop" he did between gates. He often complained about headaches, which are thought to have contributed to his fall, just a few metres from the finish line, during a pre-Olympics event in Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1979. David went into a coma and died five years later at age 24.
A two-time Super-G World Alpine Ski Champion from Austria, Maier broke her neck in a World Cup race in Garmisch and died a few days later in hospital. It was originally thought the 26-year-old Maier had hit a timing post, but a subsequent investigation found she crashed into a mound of snow that bordered the course.
The Barrie, Ont., native was a pioneer of the extreme sport of freestyle halfpipe, which she successfully lobbied the International Olympic Committee to include in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. While training on a halfpipe for a sponsored event in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 10, Burke did a flip and landed on her head. She went into cardiac arrest and was transferred to a hospital, where she underwent surgery to repair a torn vertebral artery. She succumbed to her injuries on Jan. 19.