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Sarah Burke

Date of birth : 1982-06-03
Date of death : 2012-01-19
Birthplace : Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Nationality : Canadian
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2012-01-20

Sarah Burke, Canadian freestyle skier native from Barrie, Ontario, a four time gold medalist at Winter X games was considered a pioneer of the superpipe event.

Sarah also won the world championship in the halfpipe in 2005. She successfully lobbied the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to have the event added to the Olympic program for the 2014 Winter Olympics. She was considered a medal favourite in the event.

She also became the first skier to win an ESPY; she was awarded "Female Action Sports Athlete of the Year" in '07. The first female to land a 720, 900 and 1080 in competition and the first woman to attempt a 1260, doing so in WX 2010 Slopestyle (she crashed).

Following a training accident in Park City, Utah on January 11th, Burke died in hospital one week later on January 19th. She was 29. She underwent surgery Wednesday, Jan. 12 to repair a tear to her vertebral artery, which is located in the neck and supplies blood to the brain. Burke remained in critical condition at the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City for almost a week.

She was voted number 91 on the FHM-U.S.'s 100 Sexiest Women 2006 list. Sarah was married with fellow skier Rory Bushfield in Pemberton, British Columbia and had no children.






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