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Team Canada Mogul Skier Dies Unexpectedly At Age 19

Brayden Kuroda - National NextGen Mogul Team
Credit: Freestyle Canada/FB
The Canadian professional ski community is now in mourning as one of their own has passed away unexpectedly this past Monday, February 17. Brayden Kuroda, National NextGen Mogul Team athlete, died at the age of 19.

“Our hearts are crushed with the immeasurable loss of this effervescent, bright, talented young man.” conveyed Peter Judge, Freestyle Canada’s Chief Executive Officer. “The hearts, thoughts, and prayers of our entire community go out to Brayden’s teammates, friends and family – most particularly Ken and Berva Kuroda his ever proud mother and father.”

A very well-liked person and athlete, a news release from Freestyle Canada spoke very highly of the young man, who will clearly be missed by those who knew him and those who followed his very short career.

"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.

Brayden began his love affair with the air early on at Apex Mountain. Early memories of him sending it off jumps that seemed far too big for a boy that young are long remembered by those who watched him. He continued to “send it” moving from Apex Club athlete (coached by his dad, Kenny Kuroda – a Freestyle Champion) to the BC provincial Team until he finally reached his goal this season of competing for Canada on the National Mogul Team.

His work ethic, passion and natural talent were all contributing to propel him quickly through the Freestyle pathway. Brayden was the third highest Canadian on home soil at the World Cup in Calgary recently as his parents watched proudly from the bottom of the course. He certainly lived his everyday goals “showing up with a positive attitude, ready to learn, trying to perform at my best mentally and physically, and having fun!”

Brayden had the heart of an entrepreneur, always thinking of ways to help fund his passion - skiing. From a Kendama business with his B.C. teammate Sam to various other ventures, Brayden showed that he was not only a committed athlete but a smart young man who worked hard outside of the sport to support his dream of becoming a world class mogul athlete.

An excellent student, Brayden ended up with an 87 percent average in grade 12, despite missing over half of his classes in pursuit of his skiing aspirations. The talented young athlete had dreams of becoming a surgeon after pursuing his Olympic ambition. Accepted into the University of Calgary’s Biomedical Science Honours Program, he deferred so he could give his all to skiing.

Community was so important to Brayden and conversely, his passing will leave an unfillable hole in the heart of our community."

The youngster was just at the beginning of his career, having made his World Cup debut this past January 25th at Tremblant, Canada and placing 34th. 

Any more information about the death of this young athlete has yet to be released. 

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