Freeskier Sarah Burke died Thursday after succumbing to injuries she sustained in an accident nine days ago in Park City, Utah.
A six-time Winter X Games champion, Burke was practicing for the upcoming Winter X Games. The superpipe was the same one where fellow X Games champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce suffered a severe injury in December 2009.
A pioneer and innovator in her sport, Burke had successfully lobbied to have women’s superpipe included in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Sarah Burke was a shining example of what are sports role models are supposed to be. She leaves behind a husband and a family who were very proud of all her accomplishments.