SOCCER — 11 April 2012

A service was held Tuesday night in Whistler, B.C. to honor the memory of the late freestyle skier Sarah Burke.

Burke was born in Ontario and lived in Squamish, B.C. with her husband and fellow skier, Rory Bushfield. Sarah passed away in January following irreversible brain damage that was sustained due to lack of oxygen and blood when one of the arteries to her brain ruptured after a fall while training in the Superpipe at Park City, Utah.

The public memorial service was delayed until now so that feeskiers around the world would be able to finish their season and could attend to pay their respects.

Burke is celebrated as one of the most influential people of the sport of freeskiing.

Sarah Burke became the first women to successfully land a 720… Then she landed a 900, then a 1080 in competition. She was instrumental in helping freestyle skiing get into the Olympics for 2014 in Sochi.

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