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Old 01-19-2012, 04:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke died Thursday morning at the University of Utah Hospital from injuries sustained in a training accident at Park City Mountain Resort last week.

“Sarah passed away peacefully surrounded by those she loved,” wrote Iris Yen, vice president of communications and public relations at Quiksilver, in a press release later in the day.

“As the result of Sarah’s fall, she suffered a ruptured vertebral artery, one of the four major arteries supplying blood to the brain,” wrote Yen. “The rupture of this artery led to a severe intracranial hemorrhage, which caused Sarah to go into cardiac arrest on the scene.”

Emergency personnel administered CPR and she was placed on life support.

SARAH BURKE PHOTO GALLERY

The injured artery was repaired on Jan. 11 but after the operation, it was determined that she had suffered “severe irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest.”

The family is directing contributions to http://www.giveforward.com/sarahburke.

A celebration of Burke’s life will be held in the coming weeks, according to the press release.

The freestyle ski community is reeling from the news.

“She was just someone so larger than life. It’s very hard to imagine she's not with us anymore,” said Peter Judge, CEO Canadian Freestyle Ski Association telephone interview.

“I guess even knowing there was a pretty significant chance this might be the outcome, you're obviously left without words and with significant emotion.”

One of the Canadian coaches is Trennon Paynter, Burke’s longtime coach and the head coach of the Canadian Olympic freestyle half pipe team.

“Trennon’s very close to Rory and her family and is very shaken,” said Judge. “It’s going to take some significant time and some resources in terms of people help to get through this right now. Our hearts are with her family and her husband Rory.”

Judge said Burke leaves a rich legacy with her impressive wins and the way she carried herself off the mountain.



Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke dies - thestar.com
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