An Excerpt From Winter: Sarah Burke and Rory Bushfield

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 11, 2012 8:43 am

View The Winter Film Tour schedule to catch the catch a showing of “Winter” in your area.

Earlier in the afternoon on Tuesday January 10th, professional freestyle skier Sarah Burke sustained a critical injury while training in the Eagle Superpipe at Park City Mountain Resort that has left her in a coma. Sarah, better known as “The Godmother” of women’s freeskiing, is an eight time X-Games medalist and an Olympic-hopeful for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia — where freeski halfpipe will celebrate it’s world debut. Sarah is largely responsible for the inclusion of women in the sport and was a driving force in freeskiing’s path to becoming the iconic activity that it is today.

This past fall, Sarah and her husband Rory Bushfield were featured in The Ski Channel’s second documentary film project, “Winter“. Among a cast comprised of a “who’s who” in action sports, these two stood out prominently amongst the rest. Not just because they are the best looking couple in the ski industry, but because Rory and Sarah are wonderful human beings. Attendies at the Los Angeles World Premiere in December were captivated by the couple’s love on screen — these two young skiers are even more beautiful inside than out. Rory and Sarah gave audiences an unprecedented look into their lives and discussed the elements that fuel their careers and relationship with one another. 

We at The Ski Channel chose to release their segment in the hopes that everyone can better know the person Sarah Burke is and understand what she has done for the sport of skiing. Right now it is impossible to say what will come from this accident, but one thing is for certain — it is up to all of us to focus our thoughts and energy towards SLC and root for Sarah to make a full recovery.

Rest assured, if the situation was flipped, Sarah would be the first person to offer a helping hand to anyone that needed it!

According to the latest statement from Burke’s publicist, “Sarah is currently sedated and being monitored from yesterday’s crash in Park City. At this time, her family is asking that everyone respect their wishes of making Sarah’s health and recovery a priority at this time. The family will send an update once they have all the information. Sarah’s husband, Rory, and her family are with Sarah.”