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Freeskiing star Sarah Burke remains in medically induced coma

January 11, 2012 |  3:45 pm


Freeskiing star Sarah Burke, who was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon during a halfpipe crash in Park City, Utah, remains in a medically induced coma at University Hospital in Salt Lake City, Pete Thomas of reports:

"Sarah sustained serious injuries and remains intubated and sedated in critical condition," Safdar Ansari, a specialist in neurocritical care at the hospital, said in a statement issued early Wednesday afternoon.

Burke's publicist, Nicole Wool, issued this statement: "At this time, her family is asking that everyone respect their wishes of making Sarah's health and recovery a priority. The family will send an update once they have all the information. They are with her now."

Burke's husband, Rory Bushfield, added: "Sarah is a very strong young woman and she will most certainly fight to recover."

Athletes have been using Twitter to deliver best wishes, and Trennon Paynter, coach of Canada's halfpipe team, tweeted this message: "Even while resting, her inner strength is clearly visible. Overcoming challenges is what she has always done best."

Bushfield told the Vancouver Sun: "Sarah is a very, very strong human and she will be fine."

Burke, who is from Canada, lobbied to bring freeskiing to the 2014 Winter Olympics, and she was a favorite to win a gold medal there.


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Photo: Sarah Burke competes in February 2011. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press.