Friday, January 27, 2012

X Games tribute to Sarah Burke

In a touching tribute, the X Games remembered legendary freestyle skier Sarah Burke on Thursday night in Aspen, Colo., with a ceremony on the halfpipe, where Sarah Burke built her stardom.

Friends walked or, on skis, glided down the halfpipe holding white glow sticks above their heads.

"Everything she believed in is on this mountain tonight," Winter X emcee Sal Masekela told the crowd, according to the Associated Press. "Competition, excellence, progression."

View the tribute to Sarah Burke here:





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More from the Associated Press:
With light snow falling on them at the bottom, those friends embraced Burke's parents and her husband — all still mourning a week after the 29-year-old Canadian freestyle icon's death following a training accident on a halfpipe in Utah.

It was a touching moment in front of a normally raucous X Games crowd that fell silent while watching the tribute. It opened with a video remembrance of Burke, the four-time champion in skiing superpipe who used to save her best work for the fans in Aspen. [...]

Burke was the first woman to land a 720, then a 900, then a 1080-degree spin in competition. But the summary of Burke's life, Masekela said, will never be found in any stat sheet or record book.

"She was a superstar with the humility of a rookie," Masekela said.

Shortly after the tribute, with the competition moving on, Burke's name was briefly the second-hottest trending topic on Twitter — one small indication of what she meant to the action-sports world she helped shape. Meanwhile, all around Aspen, the new sticker that reads "Celebrate Sarah" was becoming an increasingly popular item. [...]
Even though it wasn't her best event, it was Burke's prodding that played a big role in bringing women's slopestyle to the X Games program in 2009. She had a similar impact on the International Olympic Committee, which voted to bring that sport, along with Burke's specialty, superpipe skiing, into the games beginning in 2014.
Sarah Burke once said in an interview years ago, "I just ski because I really like it. I'm not going out there to win the most money or make a big difference. I do it because I love it."

Because of her love for skiing, she did make a big difference. RIP, Sarah Burke.


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