Snowboarder Marko Grilc's fatal accident explained: What happened?

Amber Peake November 25, 2021
Snowboarder Marko Grilc's fatal accident explained: What happened?


It has been announced pro snowboarder Marko Grilc has died aged 38 following a snowboarding accident. The news was confirmed by his team Burton Snowboards yesterday (24 November), which reported the sad news on Tuesday. 

News of Marko Grilc’s death has been shared online by the snowboarding community, with many fans taking to social media to pay tribute. We look back on his life and career. 

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Who was Marko Grilc?

Marko Grilc was a Slovenian professional snowboarder, better known to fans as Grilo. Grilc’s passion for snowboarding began when he was young, with the rider landing his first sponsorship at only 14 years old

Grilo maintained his love for the winter sport and in a 2009 interview admitted snowboarding was his big love.

The pro explained to Onboard Magazine: “Snowboarding is my number one priority, everything else comes second. I think you need to have the right mindset, stay focused all the time, and you have to enjoy what you are doing.”

Grilc also won a number of accolades during his career, with many remembering the snowboarder for winning the Innsbruck Air and Style in 2009

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Marko Grilc dies aged 38 in snowboarding accident

Pro snowboarder Marko Grilc was reported to have died on Tuesday (23 November) following a snowboarding accident. According to Total Slovenia News, the incident occurred while Grilc and a film crew were scouting filming locations in Sölden, Austria

News of his death was confirmed on social media in a statement by Burton Snowboards, which Grilc was a team rider for. 

The message read: “With a heavy heart, we share that yesterday, our dear friend and Burton team rider Marko ‘Grilo’ Grilc passed away in an accident while snowboarding. Our heart goes out to his fiancée Nina and their children, family and friends, who all shared his love and passion for snowboarding.”

Camera tech company GoPro, which worked with the late snowboarder, also posted a tribute on Twitter:

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Snowboarding community mourns his passing 

As news of Marko Grilc’s passing was shared online, fans also took to social media to pay tribute: 

We send our condolences to Marko Grilc’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.