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IOC won't let Olympians pay tribute to Burke

Sarah Burke
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According to Sam Cooper of Yahoo! Sports on Monday, the International Olympic Committee has banned athletes wearing memorial stickers that would honour Canadian sports legend and freestyle skiing icon Sarah Burke of Barrie, Ontario.

Burke, who passed away at the age of 29, played a major role in slopestyle skiing and halfpipe skiing being a full medal Olympic sport at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. She also has high admiration from Olympic snowboarders who are competing in Sochi.

This is not the first time the International Olympic Committee has stepped in and intervened. At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings was told he could not put the message "support our troops" on his mask. American goaltenders Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres and American women's hockey goaltender Jesse Vetter have also had controversial political messages on their masks that have been prevented by the IOC.

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