Sarah Burke, born on September 3rd, 1982, grew up in Midland, Ontario. She was a true pioneer in freestyle skiing. In 2004, she lobbied ESPN to add a women’s division for freestyle skiing in the following Winter X Games. Her perseverance and passion led to ESPN adding a women’s division in the following year. She went on to win her first gold-medal at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Kuusamo, Finland. She went on to dominate the super pipe competition by winning gold medals at the 2007, ’08, ’09, ’11 (Aspen), and ’11 (Tignes). Off the slopes, her achievements led to accolades, including ESPN’s Award for Female Skier of the Year in 2001 and the ESPY Award for Best Female Actions Sports Athlete in 2007.
On January 19th, 2012, Sarah Burke passed away following a training incident in Park City, Utah. Sarah will always be remembered for the legacy she left behind for women in the world of freestyle skiing.