View Full Version : Cdn Skier Sarah Burke Dies Following Accident

01-20-2012, 06:04 AM
…She was so young :(. Sarah was a Freeskiing star and considered to be a medal favorite in Sochi.

Article (http://www.thestar.com/sports/olympics/article/1118345--canadian-freestyle-skier-sarah-burke-dies-from-injuries)

Burke leaves a rich legacy. She tried many of the toughest tricks and was the first woman to land a 1080 — three full revolutions — in competition.

Before the accident, she was favoured to win more X Games gold (she was a four-time champion).

An outspoken activist for her sport, Burke’s talents weren’t confined to the hills.

She lobbied to add super-pipe skiing to the Olympic program, using the argument that no new infrastructure would be needed — the pipe was already built — and the Olympics could get twice the bang for their buck.

Perhaps predictably, she won over the bigwigs. The discipline will debut at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Burke died Thursday morning at the University of Utah Hospital from injuries sustained in a training accident at Park City Mountain Resort…..

Burke had ruptured a vertebral artery, one of four major arteries supplying blood to the brain, leading to a severe intracranial hemorrhage that caused her to go into cardiac arrest at the scene.

Emergency personnel administered CPR. She was placed on life support. A day later, the injured artery was repaired.

Yet the damage had been done. Following the operation, it became obvious she had “severe irreversible damage” to her brain, a result of the lack of oxygen and blood after the cardiac arrest.

01-20-2012, 06:39 AM
I saw this on espn banner during a game I was watching. So sad!:(
RIP Sarah Burke!