Freestyle Skiing’s rising star Kuroda suddenly dies at 19

Canadian freestyle moguls team member Brayden Kuroda has died suddenly, Freestyle Canada have announced. He was 19.

Kuroda, who made his World Cup debut this year, died suddenly on Monday, Freestyle Canada said in a news release. The cause of death was not disclosed.

“Our hearts are crushed with the immeasurable loss of this effervescent, bright, talented young man,” Freestyle Canada Chief Executive Officer Peter Judge said in a news release.

Described as a special young man with an infectious smile, Freestyle Canada said Kuroda’s passion and natural talent were all contributing to propel him quickly through the freestyle pathway.

The freestyle skier, who had dreams of becoming a surgeon after pursuing his Olympic ambition, made his World Cup debut on his birthday three weeks ago when he finished 34th in Tremblant.

A week later Kuroda was the third highest Canadian on home soil at the world cup event in Calgary where he finished 25th.

The statement from Freestyle Canada added:

“Brayden was a very special young man. His infectious smile and passion for the sport of Freestyle skiing inspired our community. He always found the time to give back, underscoring how important it was to him personally to be a good role model on and off the hill and to encourage young athletes to reach their goals.”

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