AP Photo/Jonathan HaywardSarah Burke died on Jan. 19, 2012, nine days after crashing during a training session in Utah.
Today we remember Sarah Burke, the freeskier who advocated for and saw the inclusion of ski halfpipe to the 2014 Winter Olympics just months before her tragic death a year ago today at the age of 29. This past summer, she was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame for her leadership in transitioning the discipline from the fringe to the mainstream, effectively becoming the most well-known athlete in the sport. Also a pioneer on the slopes, the four-time X Games gold medalist was the first woman to land a 720, a 900, and a 1080 in competition. Gone too soon, but her legacy will live on.