Family of Nik Zoricic demands inquiry

Pall bearers carry out the casket during the funeral for Canadian freestyle skier Nik Zoricic in...

Pall bearers carry out the casket during the funeral for Canadian freestyle skier Nik Zoricic in Toronto last year. (QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 9:33 PM ET

The family of Nik Zoricic, the Canadian ski cross competitor who died during a World Cup race in Switzerland last year, wants the Canadian government to investigate his death.

Tim Danson, the family’s lawyer, held a press conference in Toronto about their dissatisfaction with the investigation into Zoricic’s death conducted by Swiss authorities.

“Through Sport Canada, Canadian athletes are funded by all Canadians to represent athletic excellence and Canadian values around the world, to act as role models for our children and our younger athletes,” Danson said. “Our athletes make us proud to be Canadian. Nik Zoricic upheld his end of the bargain. He represented Canada with pride, honour and distinction. Canadian athletes must know that, in return, Canada has their back.”

Zoricic, 29, died after suffering massive head injuries March 10, 2012. The Swiss investigation found that the Toronto native’s death was accidental and not due to any flaw in the course.

Danson called out Alpine Canada, Sport Canada, the Federation Internationale de Ski and Stephen Harper to address the family’s concerns.


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