Sarah Burke: Well-Wishers Flock to Twitter Following Skier's Crash

Zachary D. RymerMLB Lead WriterJanuary 11, 2012

LA PLAGNE, FRANCE - MARCH 20: (FRANCE OUT) Sarah Burke of Canada takes 1st place during the FIS Freestyle World Cup Men's and Women's Halfpipe on March 20, 2011 in La Plagne, France.  (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

Renowned freestyle skier Sarah Burke is lying in a coma in Salt Lake, Utah right now as a result from a nasty fall suffered during a training run on Tuesday.

According to, Burke crashed while practicing on a superpipe in Park City. She was treated at the scene, and was eventually flown to University Hospital.

The most recent update on Burke's status comes from Cam Tucker of the Vancouver Sun, who reported via Twitter that Burke is still intubated and sedated and that she is still in critical condition.

Elsewhere on Twitter, many have come out and offered their thoughts and prayers for Burke. Her well-wishers include several of her colleagues as well as people from all over the world of sports.

Professional skier Tanner Hall is sending some positive vibes Burke's way:

The same goes for TV host Sal Masekela:

And professional snowboarder Louie Vito as well:

Professional alpine racer Julia Mancuso chimed in as well:

Pro skier Mike Douglas is doing his best to be positive about Burke's status:

Jamie Little, who covers the X Games for ESPN, captured the seriousness of Burke's accident:

New York Knicks big man Amar'e Stoudemire sent his best wishes to Burke. He also shared a photo of himself with her at a red carpet event:


These tweets are just a small taste of the tremendous amount of support for Burke that has taken the internet by storm. If nothing else, they paint a fitting portrait of how largely Burke looms on the skiing and extreme sports landscape.

It is not an exaggeration to say that Burke is one of the most influential figures the sport of skiing as a whole has to offer. She's a four-time Winter X Games champion and she has the distinction of being the first female skier to ever land a 1080 in competition.

Burke also helped bring halfpipe skiing to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. She said in an interview with ESPN just after the new year that competing in the Olympics is her "big goal."

You obviously have to hope that that goal is still within reach even despite Tuesday's crash. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Burke. If you would like to share your own best wishes on Twitter, you're more than welcome.


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