Freeskier Sarah Burke was remembered last night at an event held in Whistler, BC. The late professional skier was involved in a half pipe skiing accident that ruptured an artery to her brain, cutting off blood flow and oxygen and later taking her life
Her husband, Rory Bushfield took the stage thanking Sarah for her kindness and influence she’s had on his life. “You are my angel,” as he described her.
Sarah was known for pushing the limits of the women’s freestyle ski world. She touched the lives of everybody she met with her caring generosity and passion for the sport.
Father, Gord Burke, made his speech in an old torn up green t-shirt. He explained to the crowd the story of the shirt, how it was from the first time Burke had ever been to Momentum Ski Camp in Whistler. Gord gave Sarah some money to remember the trip by, and in return spent the money on a green t-shirt for him. A little worn out at this point, it was a gift he’s held onto for 15 years now.
Known by her roaring crowds for her passion and competitive nature, the star was remembered during a private ceremony in the Blackcomb superpipe with a “moment of noise”, instead of a moment of silence. 3 flyby helicopters marked the tribute.
“It was never my goal to be recognized. I love the sport, I love doing it and I want as many girls as possible to do it too. That has always been my goal.”