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R.I.P Sarah Burke

By Justin Song in Student News

Perhaps the most iconic athlete in women's freeskiing history, Sarah Burke, professional Canadian freestyle skier, passed away at 9:22 am on January 19th at the University of Utah Hospital. She sustained an injury from an accident on January 10th  Eagle Superpipe at Park City Mountain Resort while training for the upcoming Winter X Games events and the 2014 Winter Olympics.

During the accident, she ruptured her vertebral artery leading to severe intracranial hemorrhage causing a cardiac arrest. After she was transported to the hospital, she was immediately put on a life support and slipped into a coma. After the operations to the artery, the doctors concluded that irreversible damage was done to the brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after the fall. She passed away in the comfort of her family.

Sarah Burke was a pioneer, an icon, and an idol to skiers all around the world. Competing in a known "boy's sports", she battled her way through the prejudiced, male-oriented industry to open the door for female athletes. She gave her everything to implement women's skiing disciplines and competitions in the Winter X-games, and inspired many with her ever-progressing skills.   Since her gold in 2007, she has won 3 golds and 1 silver in Winter X, all in the superpipe competition.

Sarah's dream has always been to win gold in the Winter Olympics. Now that it's actually possible (Skiing Halfpipe Competition was added as one of the disciplines in 2014 Sochi Olympics), it is a true tragedy in action sports that she won't be able to see her wishes come true. Sarah is survived by her husband, Rory Bushfield, a fellow freeskier, and her family. Rest in peace Sarah. Shred in peace.

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