Skier Sarah Burke Dies Nine Days After Crash [VIDEO]
Four-time Winter X Games champ Sarah Burke has died, nine days after wiping out at the base of the super-pipe during a practice run in Utah. The Canadian freestyle skier, who lived near Whistler in British Columbia, was 29.
Burke was injured January 10th at a Park City Mountain resort while practicing. Tests conducted following the injury revealed she had sustained “irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest,” according to a statement issued by her publicist.
It’s not the first time someone has been critically injured at this half-pipe. On December 31st, 2009, snowboarder Kevin Pearce suffered a traumatic brain injury there.
Burke was training and expected to take part in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia.
Her actual crash and a tribute video to the one of the worlds best women freestyle skiers are below