BROADCAST DATE : Feb 24, 2012


Sarah Burke was a world champion who took her sport to new heights. In 2012, her father and friends shared her story with the fifth estate for the first time since her tragic death.

Sarah Burke will not be in Sochi this winter to see women’s halfpipe, the freestyle sport she pioneered and championed, make its Olympic debut. Burke died in January 2012, from injuries sustained after a fall during training in Utah. In in 2012 episode ‘Fearless’, the fifth estate’s Bob McKeown spoke to her father and her friends - fellow freestyle skiers - who shared personal stories and video footage for the first time since her tragic death. 

As a teenager in Midland, ON Burke started out on the mogul runs, but she would often sneak onto the snowboard halfpipes for a few runs at the end of the day.  She eventually became a star on the halfpipe, winning four Winter X Games gold medals and lobbying for the sport’s inclusion in the 2014 Olympics. 

She was an early favourite to win in the event she helped bring to Sochi.  Instead, her teammate, Roz Groenewoud is competing this year in the new women’s halfpipe event. 
Burke’s family started the Sarah Burke Foundation (hyperlink: ) that raises money for scholarships for young athletes.

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