Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who was in critical condition on Tuesday night after a serious crash while performing, in Park City, Utah, remains in a coma. She is at the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City.
The 29-year-old whiplashed over onto her side after landing a trick off the wall at the bottom of the resort's superpipe, a eyewitness told Powder Magazine.
Sarah sustained serious injuries and remains intubated and sedated in critical condition, Safdar Ansari, M.D., a neurointensivist with University of Utah Health Care, said in a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon.
The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association's team doctor, Robert Foxford, during a conference call said it was his understanding Burke had been placed in a medically-induced coma.
That would be the standard procedure for someone with a significant brain injury, Foxford said.
Nicole Wool, a publicist for Burke's family, issued a statement: At this time, her family is asking that everyone respect their wishes of making Sarah's health and recovery a priority. The family will send an update once they have all the information. They are with her now.
Sarah is a very strong young woman and she will most certainly fight to recover, said Rory Bushfield, Burke's husband.