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Canada Dedicates Highway to Champion Skier Sarah Burke

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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.

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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.

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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.
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