Statement regarding the death of Canadian athlete Sarah Burke

Toronto, ON, January 19, 2012

TORONTO – The following statement was issued today by Canadian Olympic Committee President, Marcel Aubut:

“Today, Canada and the world lost a wonderful athlete and a great Canadian ambassador in freestyle skier Sarah Burke. Sarah was a true inspiration to all who had the privilege to know her, especially to the new generation of athletes in this country as she helped define the superpipe discipline in the sport of freestyle skiing. Her fans from Canada and around the world looked up to her and all she has accomplished as a true leader. This true champion will be missed but never forgotten.

On behalf of everyone at the Canadian Olympic Committee, I wish to express my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sarah Burke. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.”