Canadian skier Sarah Burke proudly displays one of her four X Games gold medals. (Getty Images)
KILLINGTON, VT (Jan. 19) - U.S. athletes and officials from all sports mourned the loss of pioneering Canadian freeskier Sarah Burke, who passed away Thursday from injuries suffered in a training crash just over a week earlier. Burke was hailed as a leader and role model in her sport who pioneered halfpipe skiing into the Olympics.
QUOTES Jen Hudak Today, we not only lost a great skier, but a great friend, sister, daughter and pioneer. Sarah made a huge impression on this world. She showed us all how to be brave, how to persevere, how to smile (even in tough times). Sarah showed us how to be strong and now her strength must live on in us. Sarah’s spirit will be carried in our hearts for eternity. I will miss her dearly, every day. But every day I will be reminded of how wonderful this world is because of her. I am eternally indebted to Sarah for what she has done for this sport. Every turn I ever make will be for her.
Meg Olenick Sarah, you will never be forgotten.You have paved the way for all of us and inspired the world around you. We will miss you and always remember how much you have contributed to the freeskiing world and women's sports.
Sammy Carlson Sarah was an amazing person, along with her husband - both are some of the coolest people I have come across along the way. My love and all my positive energy go out to her husband and the rest of her family. Her contributions to womens' freeskiing will never be forgotten.
Bill Marolt, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association The USSA family is deeply saddened to hear the news of Sarah Burke's untimely death. Sarah was an individual who athletically motivated our athletes to be the best they could be, but most importantly, she was a great friend to all. Our deepest sympathy goes out to those Sarah leaves behind.
Jeremy Forster, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding Program Director This is extremely sad news. Our staff and athletes knew Sarah first as a friend and then as a competitor who constantly inspired them to do greater things. She was a leader in her sport and it's a huge loss for the freeskiing community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sarah's family during this difficult time.