Sarah Burke, who pioneered freestyle skiing and successfully fought for the sport to be included in the Winter Olympics Games, died in January of 2012 as the result of injuries sustained during a training accident. The women’s half-pipe made debut in Sochi, and many fellow athletes honor Burke with memorial stickers on their gear.
However, the International Olympic Committee made a decision to ban athletes from wearing stickers in Burke’s honor, calling it a “political statement.”
We were saddened to hear this news, and wish to honor Burke, and the special relationship she shared with her dog, Dexter the Great, by posting this interview we did with her just before she passed away more than two years ago. Burke was a true animal lover, and she continues to be missed.