January 20, 2012 3:38 PM | By MSN Sports
Freestyle skiing pioneer Sarah Burke dead at 29

Star of the ski superpipe



Star of the ski superpipe - Sarah Burke (© Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images)
Next
Previous
Previous
  • Canadian Sarah Burke has died following a training accident in Park City, Utah. We look back at the freestyle skiing pioneer's life and legacy. (© REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo)
  • Star of the ski superpipe - Sarah Burke (© Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images)
  • On top of her game - Sarah Burke (© JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Full life - Sarah Burke (© Joe Scarnici/WireImage/Getty Images)
  • Plans for the future - Sarah Burke (© Riccardo S. Savi/WireImage)
  • Medical costs loom - Sarah Burke (© JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Next
Riccardo S. Savi/Getty ImagesShow Thumbnails
Previous2 of 6Next
Share this Gallery

Burke was born in Midland, Ont. and began skiing at the age of five. By 15 she was a competitive moguls skier before becoming a pioneer of women's freestyle skiing, a halfpipe sport dominated by snowboarders. Burke was a passionate advocate for freestyle skiing, convincing the Winter X Games to include a women's event in their competition and campaigning for years to get the sport included in the Olympics. Burke's efforts paid off and she was looking forward to competing in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, where she was a gold medal favourite. Burke lived in Squamish, B.C. and was married to freestyle skier Rory Bushfield in September, 2010.

* Bing: More on freestyle skiing at Sochi

Image Search for Star of the ski superpipe on Bing
Image
Previous 1 of 1 Next
loading
See more results results by

More Sports Videos

recently recommended stories