Sarah Burke,six-time X Games gold medalist freeskier,died yesterday of injuries sustained in a halfpipe crash in Utah January 10th;she was 29.Throughout her career,Sarah was a trailblazer—fighting for women to be allowed to compete and campaigning to make freeskiing an Olympic sport,which it will be,finally,in 2014.She was also a longtime spokesperson and collaborator withRoxy—as a member of the brand's snow team and a Roxy professional rider—which is how I came to know her and work with her over the past few years.
Sarah was amazing—not only in her tremendous athletic and professional accomplishments—but she was also incredibly creative and such a fantastic person to be around (that's us—she's on the far right—in Montauk at Roxy Surf Camp back in 2010 where she helped teach us/me to try to surf,trybeing the operative word).
She and her husband,skier Rory Bushfeld,starred in the 2011 Ski Channel seriesWinter.Check out a clip below:
After her death,in accordance with her wishes,Sarah's organs and tissues were donated to help save the lives of others.Awebsitehas also been set up to help her family defray the extensive costs of her medical treatment and related expenses.She leaves a great legacy behind—"Female athletes everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to Sarah's passionate trailblazing efforts over the last 15 years," says her dedicatedGiveForward.com page."As the first competitive female freeskier,she successfully lobbied the Winter X Games to include women in freeskiing events on equal standing.It is because of Sarah's efforts that female winter athletes are some of the only athletes in the world to receive equal prize purses to that of men."
Sarah was an amazing woman,and we'll miss her.