Memorial fund for Sarah Burke would help create a foundation to support “the ideals she valued and embodied”

Sarah Burke (Canadian Ski Team)

Visit the website of freeskier Sarah Burke, who tragically died on Jan. 19 after a training accident, for a wonderful tribute to her life and career. In addition, you can also consider contributing to a memorial fund established for her medical expenses as well as the creation of a foundation that would support “the ideals she valued and embodied.”

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(Jan. 19): Canadian freeskier Sarah Burke died Thursday, nine days after crashing at the bottom of the superpipe during a training run at the Park City Mountain resort. Story. Watch this wonderful video tribute by ESPN to the freeskiing superstar and X-Games Champion.

(Jan. 16): The family of Sarah Burke canceled a press conference at the last minute Monday that was designed to offer an update on the injured freeskier. In part, the family said, the media briefing was delayed because of ongoing tests. Read more in the National Post.

(Jan. 13): Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke has had a successful operation at the University of Utah Hospital to repair a tear in her vertebral artery, which had caused a intracranial hemorrhage. Read more in the National Post.

(Jan. 12): A story in the National Post reports that while no specific details on Sarah Burke’s injuries were revealed on Wednesday, a doctor at University of Utah Health Care in Salt Lake City did say the Canadian freestyle skier had been placed in a medically induced coma, which he described as “standard for people with significant head [injuries].” Read the story.

JAN. 11: Canadian freeskiing superstar Sarah Burke, considered a favorite to win gold at the 2014 Olympics, was seriously injured Tuesday (Jan. 10) in the halfpipe at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah.

Details were sketchy on Tuesday about the injury.  Peter Judge, CEO of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association told the Toronto Star: “It’s tough to read. The signs are dramatic and catastrophic, but it’s hard to gauge how dramatic and catastrophic. ”

Today (Jan. 10), the Salt Lake City Tribune reported that she was still in “critical” condition but the hospital offered no additional details.

Our thoughts are with Sarah and her family.

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