|Hope to see the smile again|
Freestyle skier Canadian Olympic hopeful Sarah Burke was severely injured in an accident on Jan. 10 crashing herself on a half-pipe course training ramp in Park City, Utah. An update on her condition on Jan. 11 revealed that she is in an induced coma. Although the details of her injuries have not been made public, the medically induced coma indicates that there may be a brain injury.
Sarah Burke is a freestyle skier who has won several medals during her career. Burke won the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships gold medal in 2005 and has won the gold medal at the X Games four times. She fought for the inclusion of the superpipe in the 2014 Olympic Games. On Jan. 10, Sarah Burke was transferred to the University of Utah hospital after sustaining an accident at the Park City Mountain Resort. The information on her accident has been limited, but she was training while it occurred and hurt her head during a fall.
Burke's family has asked friends and fans to show their support on her official Facebook page. Sarah's page has been inundated with messages of love and grief. Fans from around the globe are beginning to flock to her Facebook page and leave statements for Sarah Burke.
"What I've heard, relatively directly, is that she landed a trick down in the bottom end of the pipe, and kind of bounced, from her feet to her head," Judge told the Toronto Globe and Mail. "It wasn't anything that looked like a catastrophic fall, so I'm a bit mystified."