SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Jeremy Lusk, an American
freestyle motocross racer, died of head injuries two days after
crashing while trying to land a backflip in competition. He was 24.
had surgery in Calderon Hospital in San Jose to relieve swelling on his
brain, but his condition worsened and he died Monday night, Metal
Mulisha, his riding group, said Tuesday.
Lusk won a gold medal at
the 2008 X Games. He was injured Saturday night when he failed to
complete a full rotation while attempting a Hart Attack backflip and
slammed headfirst into the dirt. Lusk crashed in almost identical
fashion in the freestyle semifinals at the 2007 X Games but was not
He had a successful 2008 season, winning Freestyle gold at
the X Games and silver in Best Trick when he landed the first
double-grab Hart Attack backflip. He won a bronze helmet in Freestyle
at the Moto X World Championships in his hometown of San Diego.