Skier Burke remains in coma day after accident
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke remains in a coma, a day after she was airlifted from the mountains of Utah to a Salt Lake City hospital with serious injuries after a training accident in the superpipe.
Peter Judge, CEO of the Canadian freestyle team, says Burke's family is at the hospital, and an update on Burke's condition is expected later Wednesday.
The nature of Burke's injuries has not been disclosed.
The 29-year-old Burke is widely considered the foremost pioneer for her main sport of freestyle halfpipe. She lobbied aggressively to have it included in the Olympics, where it will debut in 2014.
She is a four-time Winter X Games champion and had been scheduled to defend her 2011 title later this month in Aspen, Colo.