INNSBRUCK, Austria -- IOC President Jacques Rogge expressed sadness Friday over the death of Sarah Burke, but said freestyle skiing is no more dangerous than other winter sports.
A four-time Winter X Games champion from Canada, Burke died Thursday after a crash on Jan. 10 during halfpipe training in Park City. She was 29.
"It was with enormous sadness that I learned of the death of Sarah Burke," Rogge said. "She was a fine athlete doing the sport she loved. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time."
Burke played a major role in having superpipe skiing added to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Burke would have been a favorite for the gold medal.