If you didn’t follow freestyle skiing closely, you may not have heard of Sarah Burke before – but the 29-year-old, who died in 2012 after injuries suffered during a training run, was a pioneer of her sport.
Athletes have honored Burke’s memory during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a place she’ll call her final home as according to USA Today, Burke’s ashes were spread in the local mountains.
Canadian halfpipe coach Trennon Paynter, a close friend of Burke and her husband, Rory Bushfield, spread her ashes here.
Paynter told the Toronto Star that he spread them in the village of Rosa Khutor, in the halfpipe and at the highest point in the mountains.
Earlier this week, the International Olympic Committee banned the use of stickers worn to honor Burke, though were only enforcing their strict rules and weren’t looking to deny such a heart warming moment.
Fellow skiers were seen throughout the competitions showing their love for Burke, tapping their hearts and their stickers (before they were banned) in memory of the beloved Burke.
France’s Anais Caradeux could also been seen mouthing, “I love you Sarah” as she awaited her final score.