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Freestyle skier Sarah Burke dies of cardiac


Sarah Burke, a four-time Winter X Games champion in halfpipe skiing, has been one of the leading pioneers to have it included in the Olympics.

Sarah Burke, the skiing star who was badly injured in a training accident in Utah last week, has died from her injuries, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association announced on Thursday.

The Midland, Ont. native was in an induced coma after suffering a serious injury during a training run at Utah's Park City Mountain Resort on Jan. 10. She was 29.

"As the result of Sarah's fall, she suffered a ruptured vertebral artery, one of the four major arteries supplying blood to the brain. The rupture of this artery led to a severe intracranial hemorrhage, which caused Sarah to go into cardiac arrest on the scene. Emergency personnel responded and CPR was administered on the scene during which time she remained without a pulse or spontaneous breathing," the association said in a statement from Burke's publicist.

While it appeared there was brainstem function after the injuries, subsequent tests showed Burke had "sustained severe irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest."

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So young....such a tragedy.:(

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GRINDELWALD, Switzerland -- Canadian racer Nick Zoricic died from head injuries after crashing heavily in a World Cup skicross event on Saturday, the International Ski Federation said

Zoricic died at 12.35 p.m. Swiss time as a result of "severe neurotrauma," the federation said in a statement.

The 29-year-old Zoricic crashed directly into safety nets lining the side of the course after going wide over the final jump.

Television pictures showed Zoricic tumbling through the nets as his skis and poles were thrown clear.

"Nick Zoricic fell heavily just before the finish in the round of eight, crashing directly into the safety netting and thereafter lying motionless," FIS said.

"The medical care from team doctors and Air Glacier followed immediately. Despite reanimation, Zoricic died at 12.35 as a result of severe neurotrauma.

"The organizing committee, FIS and Swiss Ski express their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Nick Zoricic and the Canadian Ski Team," the statement said.

Organizers abandoned Saturday's World Cup events and then scheduled World Cup Finals races at the same venue Sunday.

Zoricic has raced on the World Cup circuit for more than three years and was competing in his 36th event Saturday.

He placed eighth in the 2011 World Championships held at Deer Valley, Utah.

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