20 Jan '12, 12am

#olympics Winter Olympics medal favourite dies after falling in the superpipe - TODAYonline

SALT LAKE CITY - Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke died yesterday, nine days after crashing at the bottom of the superpipe during a training run in Utah. Burke - considered one of the leading half-pipe athletes in the world, and among the early favorites to win the Olympic gold medal in her sport at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia - was 29. "Sarah passed away peacefully surrounded by those she loved. In accordance with Sarah's wishes, her organs and tissues were donated to save the lives of others," family spokeswoman Iris Yen said. Burke, 29, was taken by air ambulance to the University of Utah hospital on Jan 10 after falling during a half-pipe run at Park City Mountain Resort. She had surgery the following day to repair a tear in her vertebral artery, the hospital said. Yen said that Burke suffered a ruptured vertebral artery in the fall, which led to a severe intrac...

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