Snowboarder Jonatan Johansson (SWE) Dies After Training Crash

Oberhofen—Snowboarder Jonatan Johansson (SWE) diedSunday as a result of injuries he suffered after a fall during officialtraining for a NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup snowboardcross (SBX)competition in Lake Placid, New York (USA). The competition was cancelledby the FIS Competition Jury following the tragic accident.

Johansson, a 26-year-old member of the Swedish Olympic team in Turin and along-time participant in the FIS Snowboard World Cup, was on course alone ashe fell during training at around 9:20AM local time (15:20 CET) on Sunday,12th March, 2006. He was wearing a helmet, as mandated by the rules for FISSnowboard competitions. The athlete was treated on the scene before beingtransported by ambulance to a medical center in Lake Placid. He waspronounced dead shortly after arrival at the medical center. An autopsy todetermine the cause of death is expected Monday.

FIS sends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of JonatanJohansson, and to the Swedish Ski Association.