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Sarah Burke to be Inducted into Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame

Legendary skier inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame

Sarah Burke is to be posthumously inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced today. Sarah, who was tragically killed in a training accident in January this year, was undeniably one of the most accomplished freestyle skiers of all time. A pioneer of her sport, Sarah famously took gold at the Winter X Games four times, as well as winning the international Freestyle Skiing Champion’s crown in 2005.

It is difficult to overstate the impact Sarah Burke had on freestyle skiing. Year-on-year, the Canadian athlete raised the bar of her sporting performance, consistently amazing the winter sports community with the depth and breadth of her talents. In 2007 she became the first woman to land a 1080 degree spin in a competition, an achievement that secured her an ESPY award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete. Outside of competing, Sarah was instrumental in persuading the International Olympic Committee to add the superpipe to the Olympic program for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

Sarah was a truly remarkable athlete, whose legacy will continue to inspire thousands of action sports men and women across the globe for many years to come, giving potency to the phrase “not lost, but gone before”. Her induction into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame is a fitting tribute to her memory and an appropriate means of honouring her immense achievements in life.

Words By A.L.Cuin

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Photo courtesy of Patrick Hui (Wikipedia – Creative Commons License)

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