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Swedish snowboarder Jonatan Johansson died Sunday after falling during a snowboardcross run down Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks.

The 26-year-old Turin Olympics competitor made a bad landing on one of his jumps during training for an International Ski Federation World Cup competition, according to U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Association spokesman Tom Kelly.

"He had a problem on his landing,'' Kelly said.

Details of the crash were not immediately available, but officials said he landed within the course boundaries and was wearing a helmet. Olympic Regional Development Authority spokesman Sandy Caligiore said he did not hit a tree, a pole or any other obstacle. The course where Johansson crashed, the Boreen Trail, has special snowboardcross features constructed for competition.

Johansson was on a section of the trail by himself when he fell.

He was transported to Adirondack Medical Center in nearby Lake Placid, where he was pronounced dead, according to hospital spokeswoman Beth Donahue. An autopsy will be performed Monday at the medical facility's main center in Saranac Lake.

The Swede had been competing at the World Cup level since 2000. Johansson finished 12th in snowboardcross at Turin. He was ranked 45th in the World Cup standings this season.

Whiteface, down the road from Lake Placid, was hosting the four-day World Cup event. The rest of the snowboardcross event was canceled.

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The autopsy was completed this afternoon (March 12) and the New York State Police have
released a report. It says:

"Jonatan Johansson, 26, of Sweden, lost control while completing a jump. He became off-balance and tried to correct himself. Upon landing from the jump, his body struck the ground with great force. Mountain personnel attended to him immediately and additional medical aid was summoned. Jonatan was transported to the Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid, New York where he succumbed to his injuries.

An autopsy was performed at the AMC in Saranac Lake, 10 miles from Lake Placid, by Dr. C. Francis Varga. The cause of death was determined to be multiple internal injuries. Essex County Coroner Walter S. Marvin ruled the manner of death accidental."
 

 

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