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Shane McConkey

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Ian Burson

on 15 April 2010

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Double click anywhere & add an idea December 30,1969-March 26 ,2009 Shane McConkey Shane McConkey (December 30, 1969 – March 26, 2009) was a professional skier. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was based out of Squaw Valley, California. He won numerous awards and competitions. McConkey started as a competitive ski racer, but moved on to be featured in a long line of extreme skiing movies. McConkey was known for combining BASE jumping with skiing, as seen in such feats as skiing into a BASE jump off the Eiger. McConkey went to Burke Mountain Academy. He was also known for his contributions to ski design, notably being the father of reverse sidecut and reverse camber skis (aka: skis with rocker); first mounting bindings onto water skis for use in Alaska, then with the Volant Spatula and, more recently, the K2 Pontoon ski design. McConkey's high-speed chairlift and ski area at Park City Mountain Resort are named after his father, Jim McConkey, who is considered the father of extreme skiing. Reverse Camber or Rockered skis. McConkeys Design. On March 26, 2009, Shane McConkey died while skiing in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy. After performing a double back flip, McConkey intended to glide away in his wingsuit, "a stunt he's executed a number of times," according to a statement from Matchstick Productions, the company whose films McConkey often starred in. But McConkey struggled to release his skis. By the time he got them off, he'd been free-falling for 12 seconds and was too close to the ground for his wingsuit or parachute to do him any good. His parachute did not malfunction; it was never deployed. He died on the scene. 2005: Nominated for Laureus World Sport Award - World Alternative Sportsperson Of The Year, ranked #1 in Powder Magazine's Reader Poll and won Powder Magazine’s Full Throttle Award

2004: Ranked #2 again in Powder Magazine’s Reader Poll, won Powder Magazine’s Full Throttle award, won Powder Magazine’s Best Helmet Cam award, went ski BASE jumping all over Europe, double front flip off the Eiger and got married in Thailand

2003: Ranked #2 in Powder Magazine’s Reader Poll, completed his first of over 700 BASE jumps[3]

2002: Ranked #1 in Powder Magazine’s Reader Poll and invented a revolutionary powder ski; The Volant Spatula with reverse camber and reverse sidecut

2001: ESPN Action Sport Awards Skier of the Year, Red Bull Ultra Cross’s Big Air Comp - 1st and Ranked #1 in Skiing Magazine’s Top 25 skiers in North America2000:

* Nea Award Winner - Freeskiing Male
* Bridge Day Championships - 5th.
* 3rd Exit Style Winner of Judges Choice Award
* Gravity Games Big Mtn. Champion, Gravity Games Skiercross - 6th
* Gravity Games Big Air - 7th
* X-Games Skiercross - 5th
* Japan Core Games Skiercross Champion- 3rd.
* Johnny Moseley Invitational - 3rd.


* ESPN X-Games Skier Cross - 2nd.
* IFSA World Tour of Freeskiing - 5th.
* US Freeskiing Nationals - 5th
* World Tour event at Andermatt - 3rd.


* IFSA World Tour of Freeskiing Champion- 2nd.
* European Freeskiing Champion- 2nd.
* U.S. Freeskiing Nationals - 2nd.
* Canadian Freeskiing Championships-4th.
* Nagano Winter Olympics Moguls 1998 - 5th


* IFSA Overall World Tour Champion - Unofficial tour- 4th.
* European Freeskiing Champion
* U.S. Freeskiing Championships-4th.
* World Extreme Skiing Championships-6th.


* U.S. National Freeskiing Champion
* South American Freeskiing Champion
* Pro Mogul Tour Overall - 16th.
* 1st seed and Japan Super Mogul - 7th.


* South American Freeskiing Champion
* World Extreme Skiing Championships-2nd
* Pro Mogul Tour Overall-8th
* 1st seed and Pro Mogul Tour Event at Copper Mtn. - 1st.
Shane Doing a frontflip of the Silver
Legacy in Reno. The Valscura, the cliff were Shane died
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