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Skier dies in Colorado; another falls from French chairlift

In the United States, a 78-year-old man died at Steamboat Ski Area Thursday due to what officials believe was a medical issue.

Gustav “Gus” Herstik was skiing in the NASTAR National Championships when he fell over. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

His daughter Nicole Holmes told Steamboat Today that he is greatly missed and died doing what he loved.

“We all honestly couldn’t think of any better way for him to leave us. He loved skiing and his racing,” she said.

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In the French Pyrenees yesterday, a 29-year-old skier was seriously injured after falling from a chairlift, according to the BBC.

His leg was trapped in a six-person bubble-style lift at the Ax 3 Domaines resort. According to Police in Savignac-les-Ormeaux, he was reaching for his gloves when the cabin began to pull away.

He fell into netting and then slid underneath, falling about 12 feet.

The skier had to be evacuated by helicopter after suffering fractures in his legs and pelvis.

The incident is under investigation.

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