Sarah Burke, a Canadian freeskier who is a four time Winter X-Games medalist, is reportedly in a coma and in critical condition after she crashed during a training session on the halfpipe in Park City, Utah. How incredibly sad. It just goes to show how dangerous this sport is.
Burke, who is 29 years old, was on the Eagle superpipe doing a training run at Park City Mountain Resort, when she crashed earlier today. The accident left her with a serious head injury, and she was airlifted from the resort to Salt Lake City University Hospital, where she lies comatose and in critical condition. Burke’s husband, Rory Bushfeld, also a freeskier whom she married in September of 2010, released a statement via his wife’s publicist. “Sarah is a very strong young woman and she will most certainly fight to recover.”
Burke’s family is currently by her side, and according to reports, will have surgery Wednesday afternoon. Her coma was reportedly induced and she “remains intubated”. No other details have been given regarding her condition, at the request of her family, and they ask that their privacy be respected during this incredibly difficult time. They did, however, ask for fans to send their get well wishes to Sarah via her Facebook page, which can be found here. Ironically, this is the same location in which Kevin Pearce, a snowboarder and Winter X-Games medalist, fell, hit his head and was in critical condition with a serious head injury. He has since recovered but no longer competes.
Peter Judge, Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO, told the Globe and Mail:
“This is an extremely unfortunate situation and we are awaiting further word on Sarah’s condition. She is an incredibly resilient and strong young woman and we are hoping she will draw on that strength at this time. Our thoughts are with her and her family at this time.”
We hope and pray that Sarah can pull through this. We will keep you updated of her condition as details become available.
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