Sarah Burke: Remembering a daredevil, trailblazer

Tragic death of star skier Sarah Burke
Sarah Burke, of Canada, celebrates on the podium after winning the women's halfpipe freestyle title at the World Cup finals in Valmalenco, Italy, March 12, 2008.
AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

Sarah Burke, the 29-year-old Canadian freestyle skiing star, died on Thursday, more than a week after a training accident in Park City, Utah.

The X Games star crashed Jan. 10 and sustained irreversible brain damage.

Star skier Sarah Burke dead at 29

She was surrounded by loved ones when she passed away Thursday, and, according to her wishes, her organs and tissue were donated to others.

Burke never won an Olympic medal because during her lifetime her sport was not recognized by the Olympic committee. But thanks to her efforts, superpipe skiing will be an official Olympic event for the first time in the 2014 Winter Games.

For more on Burke's death check out the video in the player above.

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