The sporting world continues to mourn the death of Sarah Burke, the 29-year-old Canadian freestyle skier and Winter X-Games champion, who succumbed to head injuries after a skiing accident in Utah on Thursday, Jan. 10.
Burke may have had an eerie insight into her fate.
In an interview for a documentary - Winter - aired on the Ski Channel, Burke and her husband (since Sept. 25, 2010), Rory Bushfield, a fellow freestyle skier, said the mountains are where they would like to die.
That's where we're the happiest. That's how we met. It was on the mountain, Burke said in the film, Whether it's in an X Games contest, out snowmobiling together ... it's what our lives are, is being on the hill. And there's a reason for that, it's amazing, it's where we met, it's where we play, we live ...
Hopefully where we'll die, Rushfield interrupted.
Where we'll die, Burke added.
Burke, a Squamish, British Columbia, resident, was taken off life-support and allowed to pass on, nine days after being seriously injured during a training session in Salt Lake City.
The Facebook and Twitter pages of both Bushfield and Burke have been filled with condolences from fans and friends.
Tests revealed Burke sustained irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest, according to a statement released by Burke's publicist Nicole Wool, on behalf of her family.
R.I.P Sarah, you were truly an inspiration to so many Canadian skiers and skiers across the world. You'll always be remembered and never forgotten. Ski in peace Sarah Burke, Kane Gasparott, a fan, wrote on Burke's Facebook page.
U will be missed by many and remember by all Sarah. We will always miss u xoxo, wrote Josh Pringle, another fan.
Here are a few pictures of one of the best female skiers in the world and a true winter sports lover, Sarah Burke...