Sarah Burke Honored with Torchlight Parade at X Games (Video)
Sarah Burke was honored with a torchlight parade at the X Games in Aspen (Colo.) Thursday night. Burke was a Canadian freeskier who died last week, nine days after crashing at the bottom of a superpipe during a training run.
A number of the world’s best skiers and snowboarders gathered in the same superpipe where Burke won four X Games gold medals to honor her memory. They watched a video tribute (seen above) that showcased her talents and highlighted her personality.
“I just ski because I really like it. I’m not going out there to win the most money or to make a huge difference. I just really love it,” Burke says. “To be recognized as one of those most influential … it feels great.”
Burke won four X Games gold medals in superpipe. She was was the first woman to ever spin a 720, 900, and 1080 in competition. She also helped get superpipe added to the Winter Olympics.