Canada Dedicates Highway to Champion Skier Sarah Burke
By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | March 28, 2014 11:07 AM EST
Ontario is going to dedicate one of its highways to Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke who passed away after she met with a training accident in January 2012.
According to Toronto Sun, the highway which has been chosen to be renamed after Burke is Highway 93. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced on Wednesday, March 26, that the 24-kilometre stretch through Simcoe County will be called Sarah Burke Memorial Highway.
Canada's Yves Bourque reacts in the finish area during the men's 10km cross-country sitting at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Rosa Khutor, March 16, 2014.
Burke was a native of the area. She eventually became the champion of her game as she won the Winter X Games four times. She was able to advocate in favour of introducing the women's halfpipe event at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Ms Wynne issued a statement saying that the Sarah Burke Memorial Highway would provide a permanent "reminder of her accomplishments." She said that it would remind girls of the "amazing possibilities" which were open to them in the province. Ms Wynne said that Burke had showed how much one could achieve if they dared to try.
Ms Burke met a lethal accident in January 2012 during a training session at the Park City Mountain resort in Utah. The accident tore the artery of her body that supplied blood to her brain. Her parents attended the ceremony hosted by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley and Ms Wynne, where the decision to dedicate the highway to the memory of Burke was announced. They said that the highway dedicated to their daughter was not far away from where Burke learned how to ski.
Burke's mother Jan Phelan said that the highway was her own backyard. Traveling along the highway brings back fond memories, she said. Burke's father Gord said that it was one of the "most incredible honours" for anyone, CBC News reported.
Ms Burke was the first woman to land a 180-degree spin in a competition. She also won the ESPY award of the Best Female Action Sports Athlete in 2007.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Prince Harry & Camilla Thurlow Getting Serious, St. Tropez Holiday Before The Prince’s 30th Birthday [PHOTOS]
- 2014 US Open: Hottest Male Tennis Players To Watch [PHOTOS]
- What Happens When You Give Up Sex For 12 Months? – Dialogue With Peter Lynagh – Exclusive
- 2014 US Open: Hottest Female Tennis Athletes [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- UFC News: Ronda Rousey To Avenge Teammates, Demands Bethe Correia
- FIBA Basketball World Cup Live Streaming Info: Argentina vs. Philippines Preview, Starting Lineups
- Kate Upton And BF Justin Verlander Nude Photo Leaked; Verlander Instantly Became An Internet Meme Sensation
- Grigor Dimitrov Shares Fashion Tips With Maria Sharapova
- FIBA World Cup 2014: Puerto Rico vs. Greece Live Streaming, Betting Odds and Preview
- 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 is iPhone Air on Sept 19 Release Date: 5 Things to Consider Before Buying
- Nexus 6 Release Date Update: Moto X+1 Look Leaked, Nexus X or Shamu Moved to Demo Phase
- HTC One M8 for Windows Vs. Nokia Lumia Icon, The Battle Of Windows Phones
- Europe, US Next on ISIS’ Hit List, Says Saudi King; Seized ISIS Laptop Reveals Terrifying Bio-Warfare Plans
- iPhone 6 On Release Date To Feature Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE, 1GB RAM, Mobile Payment Deal With AMEX, 1334x750 Display