Gord Burke and Jan Phelan looked on in amazement as they watched the women of the Olympic halfpipe — the event their late daughter Sarah fought tooth and nail to bring to the Olympics — honor the fallen skier with a beautiful, heartwarming tribute.
Gord Burke and Jan Phelan watched with a smile as their daughter Sarah Burke’s Olympic halfpipe dreams came to fruition on Feb. 20 in Sochi. Find out what they had to say about the emotional tribute to Sarah below!
Sarah Burke’s Parents Remember Their Daughter In Sochi
So sad, but so sweet.
Sarah, the Canadian X Games superstar who died of brain trauma after a training accident in 2012, would have been thrilled to see Maddie Bowman taking the gold in the event she fought so hard to bring to the Olympic Games, and it was definitely an emotional experience to witness the Olympic halfpipe workers pointing to the stars in a heart-shape formation to honor their fallen friend.
Of course Sarah’s parents were watching from the sidelines, and they were floored by the magnitude of the halfpipers’ tribute. According to ABC News, an emotional Gord labeled the night “perfect.”
“[The tribute was] far beyond what I thought it would be,” Gord said. “I never really imagined so much love for one person — So much passion and energy.”
Gord traveled to Sochi from Toronto to watch the finals of the event, which Sarah made it her goal to bring it to the Olympic stage. His comments were simple, but they let the world know what the historic night meant to him.
“If she wasn’t skiing in the pipe, progressing the sport, she was talking to the right people and sending the right emails,” Burke’s husband, Rory Bushfield, added. “Gracefully is how she did it.”
HollywoodLifers, what did you think about the emotional tribute to Sarah? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
— Bryant Perkins
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