There are very few sports in the world that are based so much around individuals yet feel so much like a team and a family. Skiing, Snowboarding, Surfing, Skateboarding just to name a few are these sports. The Action Sports community suffered a heavy blow this past week when we lost a friend, team member, and innovator to winter sports all together with the loss of Sarah Burke at just 29 years young.
Living in Tahoe the past years we have seen our fair share of tragedy with the loss of greats like CR Johnson, and Shane McConkey and tho not from Tahoe Sarah Burke’s name will ring loud and clear as being one of those greats with us.
Sadness seems to linger even harder with the girls around the Tahoe community as Sarah pushed so hard for their presence in Actions sports as as a whole. Sarah was on the forefront for the Winter X-games to include women for many years, finally it did with Sarah riding the wave on top. One of the greatest legacy’s she will be remembered for is her push for Women’s Halfpipe Skiing in the Winter Olympics, the IOC officially accepted the sport last year and it will be a part of the 2014 games in Sochi.
Below is a video that is a excerpt from the Movie “Winter” from the Ski Channel, it displays the love that Sarah and Rory (her husband) have for each other, the mountains, and the winter sports community. The opening line about the mountains says it all – “That’s where we’re the happiest,” Burke said. “It’s what our lives are is being on the hill, and there’s a reason for that. It’s amazing. It’s where we met, it’s where we play…we live…and where we’ll die.”
Rest in peace…you will live on forever in our hearts.
The website give forward is taking donations to Sarah’s Family to help cover medical expenses that were not picked up by the insurance coverage. According to reports the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association insures its athletes, but only when they are competing in CFSA sanctioned events. Burke was injured during an event put on by her sponser Monster Energy, and therefore likely wasn’t covered by CFIA insurance.
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