Sarah Burkes Legacy – Risk-Taking in Sports Is Not Just for Men
Why does it take a catastrophic occurrence for women to get national attention for competing in death-defying extreme sports, performing the same feats and taking the same risks as men?
On January 10, 2012, injury struck top freestyle skier Sarah Burke, a favorite contender for an Olympic medal. She was doing what she loved, practicing for an upcoming freestyle half-pipe competition. The injury proved fatal as she died nine days later. She was 29.
Sarah was a fierce competitor whose knees and shoulder were as torn up as an NFL linebacker’s and whose eye-catching natural beauty and welcoming personality belied the fact that she was a skiing “superstar.”
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