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Sarah Burke's ashes brought to Sochi, spread around halfpipe course
Canadian freestyle skiing head Peter Judge said that Sarah Burke’s ashes were taken to Sochi and spread at the halfpipe course as the event made its Olympic debut, according to the Canadian Press’ Donna Spencer.
The Toronto Sun’s Cathal Kelly shares more details:
Sarah Burke's ashes travelled here w/ coach Trennon Paynter. Spread in the Village, at the half-pipe, at the mountain's highest point.— cathalkelly (@cathalkelly) February 22, 2014
Paynter on Sarah Burke's legacy: "This event had Sarah at the core of it in so many ways."— cathalkelly (@cathalkelly) February 22, 2014
This is just the latest example of an ode to Burke, as the freestyle skiing community remembers one of its trailblazers. It wasn’t the only way they remembered Burke in the halfpipe itself. The Rosa Khutor volunteer halfpipe sweepers honored Burke by skiing down the pipe in the shape of a heart, as you can see here:
Embedded video_content_type: Halfpipe sweepers give touching tribute to Sarah Burke
One of the most noteworthy moments came when the inaugural event’s podium pointed skyward in memory of Burke, who died at 29 while training in January 2012.
“Sarah Burke is watching over us tonight, and we just want to honor her as much as we can,” Gold medalist Maddie Bowman told NBC Olympics.
Watch Bowman's moving tribute to Burke in the flower ceremony here:
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Skiers also tried to wear banners in Burke’s honor, but couldn’t get approval from the IOC. That clearly didn’t stop them from finding other ways to remember one of the sport’s brightest stars.
In case you missed it, we chronicled Burke's life, courageous fight for ski halfpipe's Olympic inclusion and tragic death in this moving profile:
Embedded video_content_type: Sarah Burke, driving force behind ski halfpipe, taken too soon
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