The family of Nik Zoricic has settled issues with the International Ski Federation over the Canadian racer’s 2012 death in a skicross World Cup event. The settlement was announced on the anniversary of 29-year-old Zoricic’s fatal crash at Grindelwald, Switzerland.
The sport’s world governing body will pay CAN $250,000 ($225,000 US) over five years to the Nik Zoricic Foundation, which works to improve safety for skiers, the family’s lawyers said Monday.
“FIS highly welcomes this initiative and is proud to support its efforts and to offer its close cooperation,” the governing body said in a statement from its headquarters in Oberhofen, Switzerland. A letter dated March 3, 2014 from FIS leaders to the Zoricic family cited improved safety guidelines for the Olympic sport which sets four skiers racing side by side down a twisting course of jumps and banked turns.
Zoricic sustained head injuries when landing wide right off a final jump into safety nets, before being pushed back across a bank of snow. All parties now “accept that Nik was not responsible for his own death,” the family’s statement said.
A year after the fatal accident, a Swiss police investigation said the incident was “a tragic case of sporting accident.” The family and friends of Zoricic objected to ski officials describing the fatality on the day as a “freak accident.”