On January 19, 2012, the snow industry lost an icon.
On behalf of Sarah's friends and family, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the many people who generously donated on Sarah's behalf. We've been touched by the outpouring of support. This fundraiser is now over, and this site is not accepting further contributions at this time. Sarah's legacy and the causes that were important to her will live on through a foundation that is being established on her behalf. Information about what you can do to help promote those causes will be available in the future.
Sarah Burke, freeskiing pioneer, six-time X Games gold medalist, beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend passed away. Sarah was truly a legendary athlete, role model and an inspiration. She was everything so many of us aspire to be.
Female athletes everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to Sarah's passionate trailblazing efforts over the last 15 years. As the first competitive female freeskier, she successfully lobbied the Winter X Games to include women in freeskiing events on equal standing. It is because of Sarah's efforts that female winter athletes are some of the only athletes in the world to receive equal prize purses to that of men.
Sarah brought worldwide recognition and validation to the sport she so loved. Every ski athlete chosen to represent his or her country at the 2014 Sochi Olympics will feel her influence. Without her, the sport of freeskiing would not be included.
Sarah is a pioneer of her generation. Her life and legacy embody the true spirit of action sports; a movement of individuals driven to innovate, master and explore the frontier of physical possibility. Sarah's love of skiing took her life to amazing places.
Her accomplishments on skis continue to inspire girls everywhere to believe in themselves and follow their hearts. Her passing is not a cause to pack up our skis, but rather a reason to step-in and ski for Sarah and the dreams that inspired her star to shine.
In accordance with Sarah's wishes, her organs and tissues were donated to help save the lives of others. Sarah did so much for females and winter sports during her time with us.
Sarah leaves behind her beloved husband Rory, loving parents Jan and Gordon and her supportive sister Anna.