RIP Sarah Burke September 3, 1982 - January 18, 2012.
ROXY professional rider and proud snow team member, Sarah Burke, earned her reputation as one of the world's best skiers. While growing up in Ontario, Canada, Sarah began competing on moguls at age 15 and traveled all over North America with the Ontario Ski Team. Two years later she shifted to Freeride and quickly became a fierce competitor in that arena. Sarah transformed into a pioneer of women's freestyle skiing and is responsible for advancing the sport to what it is today. Sarah continued to forge the way for more women's events after already proving her unmistakable talent and innovative skills while competing against the boys. Sarah was one of the most recognized skiers of the sport.
Sarah's remarkable performances on the mountain led to her being named one of the most influential skiers in the past 35 years by Powder Magazine in 2007. At the same exciting time, Sarah became the first skier to ever win an ESPY Award when she was honored with "Female Action Sports Athlete of the Year." As a true fearless innovator on the snow and in the air, she was the first woman to throw a 720, 900 and 1080 in competition. When asked what gets her excited to get out of bed in the morning, Sarah admitted, "Eating. I love, love, love breakfast eggs, cereal, chocolatew, hatever works!"
Sarah was unstoppable in her element. She continued to push the envelope, inspiring other female athletes around the globe. Sarah had a genuine passion for skiing and it was obvious that she felt truly lucky to be living her life. When asked if she was ever in awe of her experiences, Sarah's response was, "All the time. Even when I am home in Whistler and we will have a great day skiing and stop for a second to just look around. It's gorgeous and sunny and knowing that you get to do what you love. I get that feeling every day, so it makes my life pretty good." Sarah Burke was the ultimate combination of unique talent, upbeat personality and natural beauty. The skiing world lost a truly special woman when she passed.