A Salt Lake attorney competing at the U.S. Disabled Nationals died of a heart attack Monday after completing a downhill training run, authorities said.
George Duncan, 41, raised his fist in an apparent victory salute after he crossed the finish line at the end of the 1.2-mile skiing run at Aspen Highlands but then collapsed, said Craig Altschul, administrator of the U.S. Disabled Nationals, which are sponsored by National Handicapped Sports.He was taken by ambulance to Aspen Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead, said hospital spokeswoman Debbie Welden.
A four-year member of the Park City Disabled Ski Team, Duncan had been skiing for 34 years, Altschul said. Duncan had partial paralysis in his legs.
At last year's nationals in Oregon, Duncan earned a bronze in both the super giant slalom and giant slalom events in the LW3 category.