Via Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke succumbed to injuries Thursday morning that she sustained in a fall Jan. 10 while training in the superpipe at Park City Mountain Resort.
University of Utah officials confirmed in a statement that Burke passed away at 9:22 a.m. surrounded by her family. As a result of the fall, she suffered a ruptured vertebral artery, one of the four major arteries supplying blood to the brain. The rupture of this artery led to severe bleeding. Emergency personnel performed CPR at the site of the accident, during which time she remained without a pulse or spontaneous breathing, the statement said.
She remained in a coma and on life support from the time arrived at the hospital. Doctors conducted numerous neurological examinations and tests and revealed that Burke had sustained severe, irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after the cardiac arrest, the statement said. In accordance with her wishes, her family donated her organs “to save the lives of others.”
The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude for the international outpouring of support they have received from all the people Sarah touched.
The family will not be making any other public comments about Sarah’s accident.
With her death, the world loses a world-class athlete, a tireless advocate for women’s athletics and a kind and generous soul.
“What defines Sarah now is what has always defined her,” said Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO Peter Judge. “She was always very gregarious, very outgoing and popular with those around her. She is very giving in terms of her time, especially in the sport.”
Burke fought fiercely for the sport’s inclusion into the Winter Olympics. Last spring her efforts were recognized when the IOC announced ski superpipe would be included in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Burke said it was the fulfillment of a life-long dream.
“In many ways, Sarah defines the sport,” Judge said. “She was one of the first people to get into the pipe and bring skis to the pipe. She’s always been very dedicated in trying to define her sport, and it’s never been about just winning. It’s been about pushing the limits. She’s always been more concerned about making herself the best, rather than comparing herself to other people.”
On her website (www.sarahburkeski.com), Burke described how she was one of the first women to compete in the sport.
43 people have been reported dead after the plane went down this morning. 2 people are critically injured. Among those reported dead are NHL alumni Josef Vasicek, Pavol Demitra, Karel Rachunek, Ruslan Salei, Karlis Skrastins and Red Wings goalie prospect Stefan Liv.
Canadian Brad McCrimmon was listed as their head coach.
[Updated at 10:47 a.m.] Lokomotiv Yaroslavl had a number of players with ties to the National Hockey League, according to the NHL website.
They included defensemen Karel Rachunek, Ruslan Salei and Karlis Skrastins, as well as forwards Pavol Demitra and Josef Vasicek, the NHL website said, as well the team’s head coach, Brad McCrimmon, who had played and coached in the NHL.
A Russian Kontinental Hockey League ice hockey match between Salavat Yulayev and Atlant was halted in the city of Ufa after news of the crash came through.
Players from both teams and spectators observed a moment of silence before leaving the stadium. Many in the audience were crying, Russian state TV footage showed.
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