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X Games scraps snowmobile exhibition

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In the aftermath of a freestyle snowmobiler's death, a demonstration exhibition of the same event was canceled at the upcoming X Games in Tignes, France, ESPN announced Tuesday.

Caleb Moore, 25, died Jan. 31, a week after his 450-pound snowmobile rolled over him following a crash on an attempted backflip.

"Our review of snowmobile freestyle continues. In the meantime, we have decided to forego the planned demonstration freestyle event at X Games Tignes," ESPN said in its statement.

The Tignes event, which will include snowboarding and skiing competitions, is scheduled for March 20-22, the second of six X Games gatherings on the calendar this year.

Moore's death was the first in the 18-year history of the Winter X Games, the extreme sports competitions put on and televised by ESPN.

Moore suffered a concussion Jan. 24 during the snowmobile freestyle final at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. Bleeding on his heart was later discovered, and he was airlifted to another hospital before dying.

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