Sarah Burke was a game changer in women’s freeski. On Jan. 19, 2012, Burke passed away following a crash while practicing halfpipe, but her mark will be forever left on the industry she worked so hard to uplift. Burke was a top tiered athlete who played an instrumental role in getting women’s freeski disciplines included into events such as the X Games and the upcoming 2014 Olympic Games. On Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, the Sarah Burke Foundation launched with the mission to continue Burke’s legacy and efforts, “to provide inspiration and support to those in need.” From the foundation website you may donate directly or purchase Sarah Burke tribute items such Smith Optic’s Sarah Burke Memorial I/OS goggle, Joyce’s Fine Jewellery’s Sarah Burke snowflake pendant necklaces or a Trukfit t-shirt with an animated “Tommy Burke” character rocking five gold medals to reflect Burke’s freeski competition highlights. For more information on how Sarah Burke worked to uplift the women’s freeski industry and how the Sarah Burke Foundation will continue on her path, visit the foundation’s website at Also, you can stay current with the foundation by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – don’t forget to hashtag #CelebrateSarah!