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20 2012

R.I.P. Sarah Burke

Syndicated from: Paul Bridle

It is really a waste and tragic loss of an extremely talented woman who died after a fall on January 10 in the superpipe at the Park City Mountain Resort in the United States. She tore a vertebral artery that supplies blood to the brain and had surgery to repair the torn artery and had been in a medically induced coma until she died in a Salt Lake City hospital. At the time of the fall she was in Park City training for a superpipe event hosted by Monster Energy who was one of her sponsors. She was a multiple gold medal winner in the Winter X Games and won the 2005 world championships and was the first woman to do a 1080-degree spin in a competition. Sarah won the 2007 ESPY award as Best Female Action Sports Athlete. The girl born in Barrie Ontario Canada, played a leading role in getting this extreme sport being added to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Socchi, where she was favoured to win gold. “She was just someone so larger than life. It’s very hard to imagine she’s not with us anymore,” said Peter Judge, CEO of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association. Her family are left with a medical bill for the week in hospital of US$550,000. What medical services could possibly cost that much? This is an example of the worst of the US medical system.

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