Sarah Burke inducted to Canadian Hall of Fame five months after death

Published June 12, 2012 2:21 pm

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Five months after she died from injuries sustained during a crash on a Park City halfpipe, Canadian freeski pioneer Sarah Burke was named Tuesday to this year's induction class into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the organization announced.

Burke, who died at 29, was a four-time X Games gold medalist in superpipe. She was the first woman to land a 1080-degree spin and, in 2007, won the ESPY award as Best Female Action Sports Athlete.

"Sarah was one of those extraordinary women who believed that anything was possible," Burke's mother, Jan Phelan, said in a statement. "I think that her belief not only helped her succeed, but inspired others to be the best that they could be."

Burke died after spending nine days in a Salt Lake City hospital after the Jan. 10 crash during a training run.