David Duncan of Canada, Brady Leman of Canada, Andreas Matt of Austria and Daniel Bohnacker of Germany compete during the semi-final of the FIS men’s Skicross World Cup at the Val Thorens ski resort in the French Alps. (Photo: PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)
Whistler says goodbye to Sarah Burke The dull grey skies over Blackcomb Mountain were punctuated by the staccato rhythm of helicopter blades Tuesday afternoon in a solemn flyby tribute for fallen freeskier Sarah Burke.
It was her “moment of noise” rather than silence — a salute to the 29-year-old who lived life larger than most, defying the odds of gravity in the superpipe and setting new heights for women freeskiers around the world.
Close to 200 of Burke’s family and friends, candles in hand, lined Blackcomb’s superpipe. It was their private goodbye in Whistler to the world champion and four-time X Games gold medallist who died three months ago to the day, after a fall in a superpipe in Utah. Photo: Bonny Makarewicz for Postmedia News
An aerial view shows cross-country skiers climbing a hill during the Engadin Ski Marathon near the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz. More than 11,000 skiers participated in the 42.2 km (26.2 miles) race between Maloja and S-chanf near the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz. (Photo: REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)
“An awesome journey” In 1988, after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, Predrag Zoricic brought his family to Canada so they could have a better life.
Sunday, in the still-terrible hours following his son Nik’s death after a crash in a World Cup ski cross race in Grindelwald, Switzerland, Predrag Zoricic said that his son did get to enjoy a better life.
“He had an awesome journey, it was just a little bit short,” Zoricic said Sunday from his Toronto home. “He’s going to live forever and be young forever. I guess that’s a positive sign.”
Pippa Middleton finished the famous Vasaloppet cross country ski marathon in Sweden in 412th place, but probably won the award for most interviewed competitor.
Middleton, the sister of Prince William’s new bride, Kate Middleton, finished the traditional Swedish ski marathon in 7:13:36. She lost the royal race to Denmark’s Crown Prince Fredrik who completed the course in 6:36:32 to finish in 5,530th place in the men’s race.
Pippa and her brother James, who clocked 06:47:27, were competing alongside 15,800 competitors to raise money for the children’s charity Magic Breakfast.
The competition is one of the world’s oldest cross-country races and is based on Gustav Vasa’s attempt to gather peasants for a revolt against occupying Danes in 1522.
Sarah Burke: Too young, too smart, to go that way Canada’s women’s soccer team stands for a moment of silence to remember freestyle skier Sarah Burke prior to their Olympic qualifying soccer game against Haiti in Vancouver. Burke passed away earlier on Thursday following a training accident last week.
From the Post’s Joe O’Connor: Her death stings, because it is unfair, because Sarah Burke was too young and too smart and too pretty and too warm and too well-liked and too remarkable, as an athlete, to leave us so soon.
Plug her name into Youtube and watch clips of the 29-year-old B.C. skier taking flight, blasting out of a superpipe and soaring up, up, with the blue sky as a backdrop and gravity, an earthly annoyance, as her only limit.
Ms. Burke twists. Twirls. Flips. She makes us gasp, and it is amazing to see, especially now, knowing that every clip is a reminder and a memorial to a gifted skier who pushed the boundaries of her sport.
Pushed them so hard and so far that Ms. Burke won four X-game titles, five World Cups and a world championship. She is the reason why the Olympic old boys club added women’s ski halfpipe to the program for Sochi 2014. (Photo: REUTERS/Andy Clark)
Sarah Burke in pictures Considered one of the leading half-pipe athletes in the world, Burke was among the early favorites to win the Olympic gold medal in her sport at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia. She died at age 29 on Thursday from injuries suffered after a serious fall during a training run in Utah. Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Burke, of Whistler, B.C., a pioneer in the sport and a former X Games champion, suffered a fall on the Park City Mountain Resort’s Eagle superpipe. Late Tuesday afternoon the national team’s medical staff was attempting to call the hospital to get updated information. Early reports indicated that Burke had to be resuscitated on the hill before being flown to hospital. The rest of the Canadian team is currently training at Whistler.
Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO Peter Judge said he and his organization were in a state of shock when they got the news.
“Very much so,” he said Tuesday night. “Someone like her, someone who has always been a spokesperson for her sport and always out in front, you just don’t imagine those kind of things happening. (Photo: Mike Ridewood/Canadian Freestyle Ski Association)
Vegard-Haukoe Sklett of Norway soars through the air during the qualification run of the individual large hill ski jumping World Cup in Engelberg. Andreas Kofler of Austria won the competition ahead of second placed Kamil Stoch of Poland and third placed Anders Bardal of Norway. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer
No, Tim Tebow is not dating Lindsey Vonn But she can Tebow like no other. The Olympic ski champion explained on her blog that she is just friends with the Denver Broncos quarterback and his family. Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images
Going downhill Max Franz of Austria descends the course during men’s downhill training on the Birds of Prey at the Audi FIS World Cup on November 30, 2011 in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images