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TORONTO -- The family of a Canadian skicross racer killed two years ago at a World Cup event feels vindicated now that sport authorities no longer blame him for the tragedy and instead have made safety improvements to course design, their lawyer said Monday. Lawyer Tim Danson said the family of Nik Zoricic feels his legacy has become something positive and to be celebrated. "We were not prepared to accept that Nik was responsible for his own death," Danson told The Canadian Press. "We just wanted the truth to be acknowledged." In the immediate aftermath of his fatal crash at an event in Grindelwald, Switzerland, on March 10, 2012, ski officials angered the family and others in the skiing community by suggesting Zoricic, 29, was to blame for his death. The family responded by arguing the death was "entirely avoidable" and blasted the course finish line for being a "death trap." In a letter to his parents this month, the International Ski Federation (FIS) called Zoricic a "talented, experienced, and skilled" World Cup skier who did not take unnecessary risks. "It would therefore not be right to describe his accident as a freak accident or pilot error, the federations president and secretary general wrote. The letter further states that the federation has updated its safety guidelines and beefed up the staff and experts who help organizers construct a course and its safety measures. In skicross, several racers hurtle down a mountain at the same time, making jumps and taking curves on the way. Zoricic, who grew up in Toronto, had raced on the World Cup circuit for more than three years and was competing in his 36th event in Grindelwald when he was killed at the finish line of a tight three-way race. Video showed he was going as fast as 90 km/h when he veered to the right after the final jump, landing about a metre to the right of the official course line in "crud" rather than on a groomed shoulder. He snagged safety netting and tumbled into hard-packed snow, smashing his head. Among more stringent guidelines now in place is one calling for a much greater distance between the finish-line post and fencing. Hard objects, such as large mounds of packed snow, will no longer be allowed near the finish. "The fact that were making these significant changes is that there really are lessons learned from his death that will hopefully mean this kind of tragedy will never happen again," Danson said. The International Ski Federation also said it would commit $250,000 over five years to the Nik Zoricic Foundation, which aims to improve skicross safety. Neither Zoricics father Bebe, himself a veteran ski coach, nor his mother Silvia were immediately available to comment. Danson said it was a "difficult time" for them given the second anniversary of their sons death, but said they were "delighted" their son had been vindicated. At the Sochi Olympics last month, Canadian skicross racers wore denim-style ski pants as a tribute to their late teammate, who was known for wearing jeans on the mountain. Zoricic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and moved with his father to Canada at age 5. He raced on the World Cup circuit for more than three years, placing fifth in the 2010-11 World Cup standings and eighth in the seasons world championship at Deer Valley, Utah. Dylan Moore Mariners Jersey . Observant Muslims avoid food and liquids from dawn to dusk during Ramadan but can, and often do, skip it if travelling or doing hard physical labour. Some devout Muslim athletes choose to fast during training or competition, but it can create selection difficulties for the coaches in team sports. 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In this installment, Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce sits down to talk about the significance of Christmas to players:___For the third straight year, Paul Pierce will awaken to Christmas in New York.The feeling never gets old.Playing on Christmas Day — the traditional start of the NBAs national broadcast schedule, and when fans seem to begin paying more attention to basketball as football winds down — is still a big deal to players. Pierce is trying to make sure that the Washington Wizards understand the significance.Of the 14 players currently on the Washington roster, eight have never played in a Christmas game. Pierce has played in five, not including two others that he missed because of injury.By Christmas, you should know what type of team you are, Pierce said. You should have an identity. Around Christmas, this is the time you should be showing everybody, This is who we are. Youre in it or youre out of it. This the time for the rest of the league, the rest of the world to find out, this is who we are.Heres who the Wizards are: A contender in the Eastern Conference.Off to a 19-7 start, the Wizards are proving Pierce made the right decision when he raised eyebrows this past summer by deciding to move to Washington. Theyre on pace for their best season in 30 years, are led by a point guard likely worthy of some MVP buzz in John Wall, have no one among the leagues top 25 scorers yet have six players averaging double figures.And now for the first time since 2008, the Wizards get to play on the leagues showcase day.A lot of times, Im opening presents with my kids the day before because Im gone on Christmas, said Pierce, who visited New York on Dec. 25 in 2012, and was part of a home game with Brooklyn on the holiday last year. I think out of six or seven Christmas games, I think Ive played at home one time. Weve been on the road pretty much the whole time.Sometimes you get to be there and open presents with your kids and enjoy the day with them. But they get to watch Daddy on TV and know Ill be coming home that night, so its fun.Other players who also changed addresses this past off-season will also be playing on Chriistmas, including LeBron James and Kevin Love with the Cavaliers and Pau Gasol with the Bulls.dddddddddddd And for the leagues biggest stars, playing is as annual a rite as caroling and egg nog.If he plays Thursday, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers will be taking the court on Christmas for the 16th time — just 17 points shy of getting to 400 on the holiday. Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is No. 2 on the active Christmas-scoring list, with 227 points in nine appearances.Wade insists that playing on Christmas is still a very big deal.Its the game you grew up watching, Wade said. Christmas, its the game that you watched every year and dreamed about being in one day, the day that you knew everybody was watching whatever game was on.This year, the Wizards — who visit the Knicks in the start of the Christmas quintuple header — are the game thats on, or one of them, anyway.Wall has never played on Christmas, nor has Washingtons other young guard, Bradley Beal. And while every game on the NBA schedule is televised somewhere, Pierce knows that the exposure his young backcourt teammates will get on Thursday might be like none other theyve experienced.You remember as a kid, oh, man, we get to watch Michael Jordan on Christmas, Magic Johnson, all your favourite players, all the key matchups, Pierce said. And now being a part of it six, seven, eight times, youre kind of used to it, you kind of embrace it, but youre still up for it.Moreover, its a chance for fans to see a Washington team that they might see in April, May and possibly beyond.Entering this week, only four NBA teams had better records than the Wizards. Barring an all-out collapse, Washington will be putting together a string of consecutive playoff appearances for the second time since the 1980s. Its a team with a mix of young talent and veteran savvy, which is exactly what Pierce envisioned months ago.Sure, there will be plenty of presents to open on Thursday.Pierce thinks the biggest gifts for the Wizards are yet to come.I knew I was coming to a team that was hungry, wants to win and wants to take the next step, Pierce said. A lot of these guys, theyve exceeded expectations ... and from the outside looking in, you can say Man, they look hungry. But you dont know how much until you see them every day. They dont want to be good. They want to be great. ' ' '
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