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Old March 27th, 2009, 09:28 AM   #1
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F. My favorite skier. At least he went out doing what he loved.


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Shane McConkey, 1969-2009

Legendary skier, innovator, friend and all-around industry ruler Shane McConkey passes away.

March 26, 2009, 5:46 PM

By: Tim Mutrie



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Decorated big mountain skier and BASE jumper Shane McConkey was killed earlier today in a ski-BASE accident in the Italian Dolomites.


A member of the Red Bull Air Force and pioneer of the ski-BASE-ing phenomenon, McConkey experienced problems in the air after launching off a cliff with the expectation of deploying his parachute canopy and then gliding down to the ground—as he had done successfully some 700-plus times before.

"He did a double backflip off the jump and he has these releasable bindings so they come off in the air and then he flies off in his wing suit," filmmaker Scott Gaffney, a longtime close friend of McConkey's, told ESPN Action Sports in an interview this afternoon via phone.

"But one ski did not come off. And when that happens the drag on the skis causes you to flip over, so the skis go over your head. So he was struggling with the one ski. Then he also got into a bad spin. So he may have never even pulled his pilot chute. And that's coming from JT Holmes, who Shane was with in Italy and who reviewed the footage of the accident. So the combination of the ski, the spin and the pilot chute, apparently. Because you can't throw the pilot chute like that; if you throw it while you're upside down and it wraps around the ski, you're done."

McConkey was filming with Matchstick Productions and Red Bull at the time, according to Gaffney, who said McConkey apparently died on impact with snow on the ground below the cliff. Gaffney was not clear about the size of the cliff. "But it had to be a sizable cliff, at least 400 feet, for him to be planning on flying his wing suit away from it," Gaffney said.

McConkey, 39, of Olympic Valley, Calif., is survived by his wife, Sherry, and their 3½-year-old daughter, Ayla.


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This afternoon Gaffney was at home in Squaw Valley, Calif., with his brother, Robb, also a close friend of McConkey's, reeling from the news. "With what Shane does," said Scott, "it's a call you always picture getting at some point, but you realistically don't ever expect it to happen."

Added Robb Gaffney, "Shane's been a part of our lives for quite a while now. I'm just sitting at Scott's house processing the whole thing. The texts and calls are coming in, and you can really even feel it in the air in Squaw right now. I'm thinking about Sherry and his little girl. But in this area people have always loved Shane, so Sherry and Ayla, they're going to have an immense amount of support around them. That's one thing for sure; that's Shane's legacy."
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Old March 27th, 2009, 09:33 AM   #2
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I have about 10 of his dvd's.

Wonder if he died due to his ginormous balls

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Old March 27th, 2009, 02:34 PM   #3
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I have about 10 of his dvd's.

Wonder if he died due to his ginormous balls
Yes, I'm sure ball-mentum swung him so ferociously he was unable to get right side up.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 02:48 PM   #4
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It's great that he did all that & died doing his thing but he still left behind a 3 1/2 year old daughter. People need to realize that with the responsibility of kids you aren't invincible.

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im definitely in agreement, it really sucks he died..he was a great skiier. when i do stupid things on my snowboard; its not like im leaving a kid without a father or a wife without her husband..i do them for me, and if i were to become a father, i would want to be selfless. i wouldnt do these things anymore, but i would definitely still board. people with young kids need to keep that in mind.
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but if he stopped skiing he wouldnt of been able to feed his 3 1/2 yr old girl. you cant be afraid of death. he could of died sitting on his couch choking on a potato chip like im about to do.

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theres a point of professional, then above that, paid stupidity..just take it down a notch
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It's great that he did all that & died doing his thing but he still left behind a 3 1/2 year old daughter. People need to realize that with the responsibility of kids you aren't invincible.

Flame away.
I just read the article a few minutes ago, this was my first thought.
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but if he stopped skiing he wouldnt of been able to feed his 3 1/2 yr old girl. you cant be afraid of death. he could of died sitting on his couch choking on a potato chip like im about to do.

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Then this was my second thought.

I think you have to carefully determine risk/reward once you have children.
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I went bungee jumping years ago with my wife and infant son on the ground watching. After the adrenaline rush faded, I realized what a stupid selfish thing I had just done.

Felt like a complete asshole.
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