With the winter season in full development skiers are out enjoying the snow and training for their professional competitions. However, for some the training went so wrong it might have jeopardized their future career. It is the case of freestyle skier Sarah Burke who is now in a coma after suffering a severe accident.
On Wednesday, Canadian freestyle Sarah Burke was airlifted from the mountains of Utah to a Salt Lake City hospital after suffering a severe accident during a training stunt in the superpipe. Andy Miller, spokesman at the Park City Mountain Resort, declared the skier was brought down from the mountains by members of the resort’s mountain patrol after the accident.
Sarah Burke was training in the superpipe to consolidate her four time winning the Winter X Games in skiing superpipe. She has also tried to have the discipline officially introduced in the Olympics.
Although the officials haven’t released much information regarding the nature of the injuries, a doctor at the University of Utah hospital says that freestyle Sarah Burke “sustained serious injuries and remains intubated and sedated in critical condition”.
USAtoday.com writes that Chris Nelson, assistant vice president for public affairs at the University of Utah hospital said that Sarah Burke had surgery Wednesday afternoon. In addition, Robert Foxford, doctor for the Canadian freestyle team, stated that it was his understanding the skier had been placed in an induced coma.
“That would be the standard procedure for someone with a significant brain injury”, he said.
Peter Judge, CEO of the Canadian freestyle team confirmed the accident in an email to The Associated Press, stating that Sarah Burke was indeed in a coma, but couldn’t say nothing about how the coma would affect the athletes ultimate recovery.
The CEO told the Globe and Mail newspaper in Toronto: “What I’ve heard, relatively directly, is that she landed a trick down in the bottom end of the pipe, and kind of bounced, from her feet to her head. In wasn’t anything that looked like a catastrophic fall, so I’m a bit mystified”.
The skier’s husband, Rory Bushfield, declared for The Vancouver Sun: “Sarah is a very, very strong human and she will be fine”.