Winter X Games pay tribute to fallen skier Sarah Burke
- Created on Friday, 27 January 2012 04:43
- Written by Nathan
Photo by Christian Murdock, The Gazette
By BRIAN GOMEZ, THE GAZETTE
About 100 Winter X athletes marched candles into a dark halfpipe Thursday in a moving, 10-minute memorial for Canadian halfpipe skier Sarah Burke, who died last week from a brain injury that she suffered Jan. 10 in a training crash in Park City, Utah.
A tribute to Burke aired on ESPN, and illuminated images of Burke flashed in the pipe as her family, including her husband, Rory Bushfield, gathered in front of a crowd of thousands.
“We have someone watching from above that we need to make proud,” said Kaya Turski, a Canadian slopestyle skier. “We all need to follow in Sarah’s footsteps. … Even when she didn’t need to, she was trying new tricks, landing new tricks. Now, it’s our turn to keep pushing for her.”
Slopestyle skier Devin Logan added, “Live on her legacy for as long as we ski – that’s what we’re all here to do. We all came out to ski for her today.”