This is such a huge loss for skiing.
Sarah Burke, 29, and freestyle skier, has died due to "irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest."
It's been nine days since she crashed at the bottom of the superpipe during a training run in Utah.
Peter Judge, the CEO of Canada's freestyle team, said before her death:
"Sarah, in many ways, defines the sport. She's been involved since the very, very early days as one of the first people to bring skis into the pipe. She's also been very dedicated in trying to define her sport but not define herself by winning. For her, it's been about making herself the best she can be rather than comparing herself to other people."
We are so saddened by this. She was favored to win both in the upcoming Olympics AND the Winter X-Games.
There's nothing much more we can say past that we are so truly sorry for her family and friends', and the sport's loss.
[Image via AP Images.]
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