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Professional Skier Sarah Burke Dies After Accident at Park City

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Sarah Burke, who most recently lived in Whistler, B.C., died Thursday from injuries sustained in a training run last week in Utah. Sarah Burke, who most recently lived in Whistler, B.C., died Thursday from injuries sustained in a training run last week in Utah.

Professional skier, Sarah Burke died Thursday in Utah after crashing in a training accident last week at Park City Mountain Resort.

Burke, 29, underwent brain surgery to repair a tear in an artery that caused bleeding on her brain. She wasn't able to recover and passed away peacefully on Thursday, according to her family. The Canadian freestyle skier had been in a coma ever since the accident.

It was Burke who fought to get the superpipe event included in the 2014 Winter Games in Russia.

"In many ways, Sarah defines the sport," Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO Peter Judge said in a report published by the Deseret News. "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."

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