Olympic athletes and workers honored Sarah Burke, who played a major role in bringing the freeski halfpipe competition to the Olympics and died in 2012, during the freeski halfpipe event on Thursday.
Olympic athletes showed their respect for Sarah Burke in small ways during the event. Marie Martinod paid tribute by painting snowflakes on her nails. Burke had a tattoo of a snowflake on her foot and it has become a symbol for her organization. Several Olympic athletes wanted to wear Sarah sticker to pay the skier tribute, but the International Olympic Committee rules didn’t allow for them, reports USA Today.
Sarah Burke was also honored by halfpipe workers that formed a heart and pointed to the sky.
Here are a few facts about Sarah Burke, as collected by ESPN.
- Burke passed away on Jan. 19, 2012 after crashing in a halfpipe.
- She would travel to Europe for freeski halfpipe events when there weren’t many in North America.
- Burke also participated in fundraiser events for St. Jude’s Hospital.
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