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Sarah Burke in Coma After Crash

Canadian skier and X Games gold Medalist Sarah Burke is in a coma after crashing in the Park City, Utah, halfpipe.
posted: 01/11/2012
Sarah Burke

On Tuesday, Canadian freestyle skier and X Games gold medalist Sarah Burke sustained a head injury  in a ski accident in Park City, Utah, while at a training camp with one of her sponsors. According to the Canadian Ski Team she's currently in critical condition at the University of Utah's Neuro Critical Care Unit.

Here's an update, as of January 12, from Sarah's publicist:

"Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke remains in critical condition at the University of Utah Hospital after sustaining serious injuries during a training run at Park City Mountain Resort on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Burke underwent a successful operation to repair a tear to her vertebral artery, which resulted in an intracranial hemorrhage at the time of her fall. William T. Couldwell, M.D. Ph.D., professor and chair of Neurosurgery at University of Utah performed the operation to repair the artery.

'With injuries of this type, we need to observe the course of her brain function before making definitive pronouncements about Sarah’s prognosis for recovery,; said Couldwell. 'Our Neuro Critical Care team will be monitoring her condition and response continuously over the coming hours and days.'"

“Sarah sustained serious injuries and remains intubated and sedated in critical condition,” according to Safdar Ansari, M.D., a neurointensivist with University of Utah Health Care.

According to the  Team, Sarah’s husband Rory Bushfield and her family are by her bedside and wish to express their sincere thanks to everyone, all over the world, for their heartfelt thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. “Sarah is a very strong young woman and she will most certainly fight to recover,” said Rory.

Sarah’s family has asked that fans and media respect their privacy during this difficult time. Sarah’s friends and fans are encouraged to post their well wishes on Sarah’s Facebook page.

Sarah Burke is one of the most decorated female freeskiers, and as a member of the Canadian Halfpipe team, is a fixture on halfpipe podiums. Her hard work and dedication to the sport helped ensure halfpipe skiing (for men and women) a spot at the Sochi Winter Olympics. She's won eight X Games medals, half of those gold.

Read more at the Vancouver Sun or on Smith's Facebook page.

From all of us at Skiing, we wish Sarah a speedy and strong recovery. Sarah's a champion for a reason. Our thoughts are with Sarah and her famiy in this very tough time.

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