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Tribute for Burke planned during X Games in Aspen

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
FILe - In this Jan. 23, 2009 file photo, Sarah Burke, of Canada, holds her gold metal after winning the Women's Superpipe event at Winter X Games 13 at Buttermilk Ski Area, near Aspen, Colo. Burke remains in a coma, a day after she was airlifted from the mountains of Utah to a Salt Lake City hospital with serious injuries after a training accident in the superpipe. Peter Judge, CEO of the Canadian freestyle team, says Burke's family is at the hospital, and an update on Burke's condition is expected later Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow, File)
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ASPEN – The Winter X Games will hold a tribute Thursday to honor freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who died last week from injuries suffered during a training accident.

X Games spokesman Danny Chi says the memorial is planned for early in the ESPN broadcast Thursday night and will include several athletes.

The 29-year-old Burke was considered the foremost pioneer in her sport of superpipe skiing. It was her lobbying effort that helped persuade Olympic officials to add the discipline for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

A four-time Winter X Games gold medalist, the Canadian skier died last Thursday, nine days after an accident in which she landed awkwardly while doing a trick on a superpipe in Park City, Utah.


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