Jeremy Lusk Dies At X Riders Event In Costa Rica
Any death is sad, but the MX/action sports community lost one of its own recently. A little more than a year ago, I blogged about if the action sports community was ready for a death at an event. Much like mixed martial arts (MMA, ultimate fighting, whatever you want to call it), FMX, BMX, skateboarding, etc., is in the public eye now with a whole set of detractors who wish these activities would go away.
Jeremy, the Mulisha crew and the rest of the FMX community ride more for themselves than anything else. Sponsorship dollars are great, but the majnority of action sports athletes start off for enjoyment, not college scholarships or pro endorsements (that’ll change eventually, but for now, the pool and prize winnings are too small). While Jeremy’s death is tragic, keep in mind that he did pack a heck of a lot into his short time on this planet.
Here’s the article Sal Ruibal from USA Today emailed me about today: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/action/2009-02-10-freestyle-death_N.htm
My heart goes out to the Lusks.