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Sarah Burke remembered at X Games

When the 2014 Winter X Games finished on Sunday, one of the lasting images for many spectators and television viewers was the fact that many of the competitors continued to remember Canadian freestyle skiing icon Sarah Burke of Barrie, Ontario.

Images of people remembering Sarah Burke.
Images of people remembering Sarah Burke.
Doug Pensinger, Getty Images
Sarah Burke
Sarah Burke
Doug Pensinger, Getty Images

The four-time X Games champion was instrumental in getting slopestyle skiing and halfpipe skiing on to the Olympic stage before she tragically died in a training accident in Utah on January 19, 2012 at the age of 29.

According to Eddie Pells of the Associated Press, many athletes at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi will be wearing snowflake necklaces in honour of Burke, who had a snowflake tattoo on her ankle.

Among those Canadian athletes who were close to Burke are Kaya Turski of Montreal, Quebec who is a gold medal contender in women's slopestyle skiing, and Rosalind Groenewoud of Calgary, Alberta, who is a medal contender in women's halfpipe skiing.

Here is a slideshow of athletes remembering Burke.