Sarah Burke seriously injured in halfpipe crash

Sarah Burke of Whistler, a pioneer in women’s freeskiing and a trail blazer in getting women’s ski superpipe into the X Games and now into the 2014 Winter Olympics, has been seriously injured in a crash in Park City, Utah, during a sponsor’s event.

Kelley Korbin, a spokesperson for the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, says Burke, 29, had to be airlifted to hospital in Salt Lake City.

Korbin said she wasn’t sure what Burke’s actual injuries were, “but it is very serious.”

One report said medical staff at the superpipe had to insert a breathing tube before Burke was airlifted.

Burke, a native of Midland, Ont., is four-time winner at the X Games and was named 2007’s Best Female Action Sports Athlete at that year’s ESPY Awards.