PARK CITY, Utah — A 16-year-old freeskier and Park City native died this week due to injuries he suffered in a training accident in Australia several weeks ago, and the teen had previously competed with Team Park City United and had won a combined title at last year’s USSA Junior Nationals.
Sam Jackenthal, 16, died sometime this week, according to a press release from the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.
“As our community and his family have kept vigil these past few weeks, we’ve all learned so much about Sam as a remarkable person who brought joy to those around him and an athlete who was achieving his dream,” stated USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw in the press release. “Our hearts go out to the Jackenthals, as well as their extended family with Team Park City United.”
Sam’s father, Ron, posted a statement on Facebook Friday, saying that while Sam’s physical body has left them, they believe his “light and spirt” will continue to shine and bring happiness to others. See below for the complete post from Ron Jackenthal.