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The 5th Spot

Published February 10, 2009

Our condolences to the family of American freestyle motocross racer Jeremy Lusk, who died of head injuries Tuesday after crashing while trying to land a backflip in competition in Costa Rica. He was 24.

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 hurt.

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