Sarah Bruke was a Canadian freestyle skier who was a pioneer of the superpipeevent. She was a four-time Winter X Games gold medallist, and won the world championship in the halfpipe in 2005. She successfully lobbied the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to have the event added to the Olympic program for the 2014 Winter Olympics. She was considered a medal favourite in the event.
She was a known promoter of the superpipe skiing event, working to have it added to the Olympic program. She died following a training accident in Utah. Her organs and tissues were donated as she requested before her death.
She was so much more than just a successful athlete; She was a leader in the sport community, a respected media personality, and an action sports icon. She was also an activist and a philanthropist, who devoted much of her life to helping others.
The Canadian Olympic Committee announced that Burke was inducted into the 2012 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame for her role in advocating for ski halfpipe’s inclusion in the Olympic program. In February 2014, Canada Post produced commemorative stamps honouring Burke, curler Sandra Schmirler and figure skater Barbara Ann Scott for being “pioneers of winter sports”.Burke was honoured on National Flag of Canada Day on February 15, 2014. The flag will be given to Burke’s family as a tribute to her legacy.
In March 2014, the Government of Ontario announced that it would dedicate Highway 93 in memory of her and name it as the Sarah Burke Memorial Highway. The route extends entirely within Simcoe County with its northern terminus near Barrie, Ontario, her birthplace.