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Tributes paid after death of freestyle skier Burke

Tributes paid after death of freestyle skier Burke
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Colleagues of the freestyle skier Sarah Burke have been speaking of their shock and disbelief after her death.

The 29-year-old Canadian had been hotly tipped for an Olympic medal in 2014, but died more than a week after an accident during half-pipe training in Utah.

Surgeons in Salt Lake City had to operate after a ruptured artery caused bleeding in the brain.

Former ski-cross champion Aleisha Cline said: “She was pushing herself so hard, crash after crash, and getting up and continuing in her goal which was to be the best at what she was doing. I’m speechless.”

Sarah Burke had fallen on the Eagle Superpipe at Park City in Utah while training for forthcoming winter events.

A spokeswoman for her family said they had been moved by sincere and heartfelt sympathy expressed by people from all over the world.