Sarah Burke outrage builds in Sochi over banned memorial stickers

Sarah Burke outrage builds in Sochi over banned memorial stickers

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Canadians reacted with anger over the weekend after the International Olympic Committee banned athletes at the Sochi Games from wearing helmet stickers honouring late freestyle skier Sarah Burke.Emotions ran especially high in Burke’s hometown of Midland, Ont. though her father, Gord Burke, offered a calming sentiment. “I’m looking at the big picture,” Gord Burke told the Midland Mirror. “To me it isn’t that big a deal. I know there are thousands and thousands of people who always cared about Sarah, and so that is what is important to remember.” Burke was a four-time X Games halfpipe champion who was a pioneer in the sport and lobbied to have it included in the Olympics, and would have been a favourite to win gold in Sochi. Since her death in January 2012 at age 29, her memory has been treasured by athletes and fans alike.

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