100 MPH Snowmobile Crashes: Terrible Snowmobile Races Accident in Gogebic County leaves at least two hurt – one critical – Races called off after wreck

U.P. Breaking News honoring the two professional snowmobile racers involved in terrible crash Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 in Ironwood, MI:

Snowmobile racer Matt Goede, 28, of New Germany, MN

Snowmobile racer Matt Goede, 28, of New Germany, Minn.

The dynamic duo of Matt and Jacob Goede have dominated the last couple of years of vintage racing with their super-modified Polaris racing machines. Here’s a youtube compilation from BRAAP video that shows just why the pair have done so well.






Snowmobile racer Blaine Stephenson, 19, Minnesota


Snowmobile racer Blaine Stephenson, 19, Minnesota

I’m a 19 year old from Minnesota. I’ve raced snowmobiles since I was 3 years old. I now compete in the professional ranks of ice oval snowmobile racing. I was the 2015 TLR Cup Rookie of the Year.





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UPDATE 5:50 P.M. ct 1-8-17 – The terrible wreck was carried live on Ditch Banger TV – which has identified the two injured racers as Blaine Stephenson and Matt Goede.

The Ditch Banger TV Facebook Page issued this statement:

“The Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus has been called due to a wreck on the front stretch of the Champ 440 Final. Broadcast is complete.

Blaine Stephenson and Matt Goede were involved. When information is available we will pass it along. We pray and hope for the best of both racers.”

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Terrible weekend for Michigan snowmobile races – Friday crash kills sledder downstate



By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director

(Ironwood, MI) – Tragedy this afternoon at the 2017 Snowmobile Olympus at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds in Ironwood, MI as a terrible crash resulted in the calling of the race.

The accident reportedly occurred “just out of turn four,” witnesses to the crash say.

Two snowmobile racers – one in critical condition – have been rushed by ambulances to the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital. The crash happened about 3:45 p.m. Central Time. The race was being broadcast live on a TV service – and many watched the horrifying crash.

The Aspirus MedEvac helicopter has been requested from the chopper that serves the western Upper Peninsula.

The race was halted after the terrible crash – and it is not clear if it has been restarted.

Sources say the races were halted due to no ambulance available as the ambulances were busy with victims. Plus spectators said it was getting dark.

Two sleds going 100 MPH reportedly crashed – with one sled striking one of the riders.
Severe damage to one of the victim helmets was reported by paramedics on the scene.

One victim is a 28 year od man – rotated right femur fracture and severe right arm pain – possibly another fracture.

Both victims are at the hospital – and one is expected to be airlifted to Marquette, MI or another regional major trauma center.

This is the second sporting event that caused injuries this weekend in Gogebic County.
Saturday’s ski race resulted in dozens of people getting frost bite and frost nip.
“The final 10K in the open areas was brutal,” participants told the organizers.

None of the Saturday skiing injuries was serious.






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