Sarah Burke in a coma after freestyle skiing crash

sarah-burke-freestyle-skier.jpgFollowing a harrowing crash on the superpipe while doing a training run, freestyle skier Sarah Burke is in a medically-induced coma, reports the Vancouver Sun. Burke, 29, was practicing at the Park City Mountain Resort in Utah and was immediately airlifted to the Salt Lake City hospital after the accident.

Peter Judge, Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO, tells the press, "At this point we have no real details as to what transpired in terms of the injury and, again, we would be speculating largely on what that might be. Any time there's an injury, you always do a full audit to understand fully what the root causes were and if there were ways that you could make anything safer and I'm sure that will be the case in this as well."

The CFSA released a statement Wednesday (Jan. 11) saying that Burke is listed in critical condition in the Neuro Critical Care Unit at the Salt Lake City hospital. Safdar Ansari, M.D., a neurointensivist with the University of Utah, says in a statement, "Sarah sustained serious injuries and remains intubated and sedated in critical condition."

Burke has been instrumental in getting her sport included at the Olympics and, if she is healthy, is expected to contend for the gold medal in 2014.

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