The 29-year-old freestyle halfpipe skier died Jan. 19, nine days after her training run crash that ruptured her vertebral artery and sent her into cardiac arrest. Burke sustained irreversible brain damage because of a lack of oxygen and blood. A pioneer in her sport, the four-time Winter X Games champ was the first female skier to land a 1080 — three revolutions — and had successfully lobbied for halfpipe skiing to be added to the Winter Olympics. The sport will make its debut at the 2014 Sochi Games, where Burke was expected to be a favorite for gold.
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