Sarah Burke dead at 28 after ski accident in Utah
She was a beautiful blonde skiing maverick changing the sport for women worldwide. The slopes were her second home, a home that would claim her life. On Thursday Superpipe and Slopestyle skier Sarah Burke, 28, died in a Utah hospital from injuries of a training accident on January 10.
She was born in Barrie, Ontario and grew up in Midland. Sarah Burke was the little girl on the slopes doing tricks that the boys were doing.
Over the last 15 years Sarah Burke was a trailblazer for competitive female free-skiing. She fought to get women equal standing in the Winter X Games as men and won. Burke was expected to take home the Gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
On January 10 Sarah was seriously injured while training on the Park City Mountain Resort Eagle superpipe in Park City, Utah. Burke had performed a trick that resulted with her falling on her head. At first it appeared that she was okay but within moments she went into cardiac arrest while still on the ski slope. She was airlifted to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City where she underwent neurosurgery but never regained consciousness. On January 19 she succumbed to her injuries that has resulted in “irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest” according to her publicist.
Her spirit will live on. While her dream was to win a medal in the Olympics those who stand on the podium will do so because of Burke’s fighting to have the sport included.
Sarah married her husband Rory Bushfield on September 25, 2010. Their love story was documented in the film Winter on the Ski Channel. He and her family were at her side as the young woman’s life ended Thursday.
Sarah’s family donated her organs and tissues as she had wanted in order to save the lives of others.
Today as her family mourns they also face enormous medical costs totaling $550,000. There is a fund being collected to help cover the costs at giveforward.com. The fund was organized by Burke’s agent Michael Spencer. The beneficiary of the fund is Sarah’s husband, Rory Bushfield.