Ski jumper Patrick Gasienica, 24, passed away. The Associated Press said that the Illinois native d!ed from injuries sustained in a motorbike acc*dent that occurred Monday night in Bull Valley, a suburb northwest of Chicago.
In a news statement, USA Nordic also acknowledged Gasienica’s passing. “Patrick was an incredible competitor, teammate and friend,” USA Nordic stated on Twitter.
USA Nordic and the Ski Jumping community are saddened to hear about the passing of Patrick Gasienica.
A 2022 Beijing Winter Olympian, Patrick was an incredible competitor, teammate and friend. He will be dearly missed.
— USA Nordic (@usanordic) June 13, 2023
The Lake & McHenry County Scanner said soon before 5:30 p.m. on Monday, the Olympian, who participated in the Beijing Olympics, was riding his motorcycle when it slid off the road, and Gasienica was thrown.
According to the outlet, several organizations, including the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Bull Valley Police Department, and McHenry Township Fire Protection District, came to the acc*dent, and witnesses gave the athlete CPR.
According to the newspaper, Gasienica was taken to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry where he was declared deαd about an hour later.
NBC Sports Chicago stated, the McHenry County Coroner’s Office reported that he died from blunt impact injuries. Results of the toxicology are awaiting.
Gasienica started his ski-jumping career at the Norge Ski Club, some 40 miles northwest of Chicago, where he was raised.
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In addition to competing in the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, he made his FIS Ski Jumping debut in 2015. He represented the United States at two FIS Junior World Ski Championships in 2016 and 2017.
Gasienica finished 49th and 53rd in solo competitions in Beijing and 10th in a team event with his American colleagues Casey Larson, Kevin Bickner, and Decker Dean.
The GoFundMe page was created in the Olympian’s honour by Home Depot manager Jason Vasconez, Gasienica was travelling home from work when the incident occurred.
“Patrick was a specially gifted Olympic athlete and his passing is much too soon,” commented Vasconez. “Patrick’s mother [Jolanta Kiwior], his two sisters, and Bob, Jolanta’s fiancee, are together grieving. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jolanta and her family in their time of need.”
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