Sarah Burke, a star freeskier who died last January of head injuries suffered during a fall in the superpipe, is among athletes who will be inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame this summer.
Burke was one of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Assn.'s premier athletes, and the first female skier to land a 1080, or three full rotations above the superpipe.
She was instrumental in lobbying efforts to get women's freesking (superpipe and slopestyle) into the X Games and, more recently, the Olympics for their debut in 2014 at the Sochi Games in Russia.
In a news release announcing Hall of Fame inductees, Burke's mother, Jan Phelan, stated:
"Sarah was one of those extraordinary women who believed that anything was possible. I think that her belief not only helped her succeed, but inspired others to be the best that they could be. I know that Sarah would be happy that all she worked for and sought to achieve is being honored with her induction into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame."
Also being inducted, during a Sept. 21 ceremony in Toronto, are Olympic heroes Jean-Luc Brassard, Daniel Igali, Beckie Scott, the 2006 women's hockey team, 2010 men's hockey team, and longtime national synchronized swimming coach Julie Sauve.