Website created to help family of Shane McConkey
Family and friends of legendary skier Shane McConkey, who died Thursday while BASE jumping in Italy, have set up a website to help his family. The Olympic Valley, Calif., resident is survived by his wife and young daughter.
To learn more, visit http://shanemcconkey.org.
McConkey was attempting a cliff jump in the Italian Dolomites in which he was to release his skis and then use a “wing suit” and parachute to fly through the air, according to news reports. McConkey was a pioneer of these so-called ski BASE jumps.
One of the skis did not release, and McConkey was unable to deploy his parachute, ESPN reported.
McConkey starred in numerous ski films as both a big-mountain skier and a ski-BASE jumper. He also won several national and international skiing competitions, including the X Games and World Extreme Skiing Championships.