Sarah Burke was honored with a torchlight parade at the X Games in Aspen (Colo.) Thursday night. Burke was a Canadian freeskier who died last week, nine days after crashing at the bottom of a superpipe during a training run.
A number of the world's best skiers and snowboarders gathered in the same superpipe where Burke won four X Games gold medals to honor her memory. Several friends carried glow sticks down the pipe and embraced Burke's parents and husband at the bottom.
A video tribute (seen above) was played in Burke's memory, showcasing her talents and personality.
"I just ski because I really like it. I'm not going out there to win the most money or to make a huge difference. I just really love it," Burke says. "To be recognized as one of those most influential ... it feels great."
Earlier Thursday, Kaya Turski won her third straight gold medal in skier slopestyle and immediately paid tribute to her friend.
"It means everything to me," Turski said. "This goes out to Sarah. Before every run, I said to myself, 'Let's do this, Sarah.' She was there for me and she led me all the way."
Burke won four X Games gold medals in superpipe. She was was the first woman to ever spin a 720, 900, and 1080 in competition. She also helped get superpipe added to the Winter Olympics.
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