Patrick Gasienica, a former American ski jumper for the Olympics, passed away on Monday June 12, 2023, night after being engaged in a motorbike accident, according to U.S. Ski and Snowboard. At the time of his deαth, he was 24 years old.
The horrible incident happened in the town of Bull Valley, which is in Chicago’s far northwest suburbs. He was taken by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry, according to the local media. But later at the emergency department, he was declared dead.
Gasienica learned how to ski jump at the Illinois Norge Ski Club. at addition to the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, he competed at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships in 2016 and 2017.
Gasienica most famously competed for the United States at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, where he took 49th and 53rd places in individual competitions. Together with Casey Larson, Kevin Bickner, and Decker Dean, he finished 10th in the team competition.
Gasienica posted on Instagram, “Done and dusted,” following his first Olympic competition. “What a ridiculous experience I will cherish for a lifetime.”
We are deeply saddened by the passing off Patrick Gasienica, an incredible athlete, teammate and person.
Sending love to his family, friends and the entire ski jumping community.
— U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) June 13, 2023
Gasienica’s hobbies outside of skiing were golfing and looking after his dog, Iris. He is survived by his sisters Megan and Sabina as well as his parents Jolanta and Wojciech.
“His relentless pursuit of his dreams and passions was truly inspiring, and he demonstrated an unwavering determination to achieve his goals,” reads his obituary. “Patrick’s resilience and commitment were an embodiment of his indomitable spirit.”
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