Skiers hit the halfpipe despite Burke’s injury



PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The afternoon sun has cast a giant shadow across one wall of the imposing 22-foot superpipe at Park City Mountain Resort.

On the other, members of the French national team are illuminated as they catch big air, twisting and spinning as they prepare for another run at the Winter X Games later this month.

Though they just arrived at this Utah mountain town, they know this is the pipe where Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, in critical condition at a nearby hospital, was injured just days ago.

Benoit Valentin, an alternate at the upcoming X Games, says the “danger is part of the sport, so you have to accept that.”