Thoughts and Prayers for Skier Sarah Burke

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/spor...-coma-after-training-accident/article2298186/

Please keep Sarah in your thoughts and prayers. This realy hits home as my son trains in this pipe everyday and was up there yesterday, he was also up there when Kevin Pierce was severly injured two years ago. It is a dangerous sport like so many other extreme sports and even though you accept the risk, it still makes it hard when this happens. I am not sure of the details but Monster has had the pipe for a few days and set up an air bag at the bottom, I don't know if she was trying something with the bag or it happened farther up the pipe.
I was on the deck last week when Tanner Hall and Louie Vito were training and it is absolutely amazing to see them boosting over your head 16' out of that 22' pipe........scary as hell too.
 

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Ya very unfortunate, we will be praying for her, She calls home about an hour from here and is a local hero. Little is known of her condition right now, please update if you can.
 
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Jeff ......I will be up that way next week. How's the snow, or lack there of? Kids from our team are in Tahoe this week and say it's horrible.
 

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Snow what the hell is that? last night we had a rip roaring 1" and that was blown off the driveway with a leaf blower. I don't think you guys are going to like this place at all the mountians still have dirt exposed everywhere and what snow their is resembles 6 bag concrete and possibly 12" total depth[all man made] their is NOBODY here i have never seen the place this empty the hotels are giving the locals screaming deals for dinner, movie, rooms cause they are all hurting. In my honest opinion stay home cause somebody is going to get hurt. All my nut job snowmobile buddys have all give up I myself have not even tried to go out.
 

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BTW vegas & kalifornia get ready for another fun filled summer of not watering your lawns and not being able to flush your toilets.
 
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Sarah was a Roxy team member and part of the Quiksilver family. The below was just sent to all within the Quiksilver family.

RIP Sarah

Hi Everyone,

Today I come to you with sad news. It is an unbearable ending to an event you all have been following.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Roxy team skier Sarah Burke at 9:22am MST this morning.

Sarah, who has been a team rider for the past six years and a very large part of the Roxy family, will be missed beyond words.

We know so many of you are suffering as we are suffering right now. Please know that our hearts are with her family and they are incredibly appreciative and grateful for the outpouring of love and support they have received from the community during this time.

Sarah was a pioneer of her generation and for action sports. She has touched so many and accomplished so much in her time with us.

Sarah’s memory will live on. Her skiing legacy continues to inspire people everywhere to believe in themselves and follow their hearts. Her passing is not a cause to pack up our skis or our boards, but a reason to step in and ski our asses off for Sarah and the dreams that she inspired.

Please visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Burke/50553451173 if you wish to leave a message of support. Her family is reading every word.

Sarah has contributed much to our world and was an inspiration to so many. If you would like to help her family during this time, please visit www.giveforward.com/SarahBurke <http://www.giveforward.com/SarahBurke> .

We will miss you Sarah.


See below for a word from her family:

The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude for the international outpouring of support they have received from all the people Sarah touched.

The family will not be making any other public comments about Sarah’s accident. They continue to decline media requests for appearances or interviews. Thank you for continuing to respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.

January 19, 2012

Groundbreaking Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke passed away at 9:22AM January 19, 2012 at the University of Utah Hospital from injuries sustained in an accident on the Eagle Superpipe at Park City Mountain Resort on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. She was training for upcoming winter events.

As the result of Sarah’s fall, she suffered a ruptured vertebral artery, one of the four major arteries supplying blood to the brain. The rupture of this artery led to a severe intracranial hemorrhage, which caused Sarah to go into cardiac arrest on the scene. Emergency personnel responded and CPR was administered on the scene during which time she remained without a pulse or spontaneous breathing. Studies in the University of Utah Hospital Emergency Department indicated that she retained brainstem function. She was placed on life support and a protocol of therapeutic hypothermia was initiated to protect her brain. An angiogram indicated the site of arterial bleeding, and on Wednesday, January 11 the injured artery was successfully repaired.

After the operation, numerous neurological examinations, electrodiagnostic tests and imaging studies revealed that Sarah sustained severe irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest, resulting in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Sarah passed away peacefully surrounded by those she loved. In accordance with Sarah’s wishes, her organs and tissues were donated to save the lives of others.

While early reports in the media stated that Sarah’s injury was a traumatic brain injury, it is important to note that Sarah’s condition was the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain during cardiac arrest.

The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to Sarah’s dear friends for their love and support, and for traveling to Salt Lake City to comfort the family.

They would also like to thank the University of Utah Hospital and her physicians and care team in the Neuro Critical Care Unit for their incredible care and compassion.

The family was moved by the sincere and heartfelt sympathy expressed by people inspired by Sarah from all around the world. They have received a substantial number of inquiries from those who would like to make a contribution on behalf of Sarah. For more information, please go to http://www.giveforward.com/sarahburke.

A public celebration of Sarah’s life will be held in the coming weeks.
 

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So heavy! We were talking about her on the lift this morning right about 9:15 ish.
God speed Sarah. Thoughts and prayers to her family.
 

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Awful news.
 
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