X Games Honour Burke

Burke died last week in Utah after succumbing to injuries she suffered after crashing during a...

Burke died last week in Utah after succumbing to injuries she suffered after crashing during a training run just over a week earlier in Park City. She was 29. (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:04 PM ET

The Winter X Games will open Thursday in Aspen, Col., with a tribute to late Canadian skiing pioneer Sarah Burke.

Burke died last week in Utah after succumbing to injuries she suffered after crashing during a training run just over a week earlier in Park City. She was 29.

The Midland, Ont., native was a four-time X Games gold medalist in the Women's Ski SuperPipe, an event that has been added to the Olympic program for the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia. She was the 2011 X Games champion and a favourite for the gold medal in Sochi.

Funeral arrangements for Burke have not yet been announced.


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