Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sarah Burke Honored by New X Game Champ Groenwoud

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Roz Groenewoud soars above the superpipe at the X Games.
  • Courtesy National Post
  • Roz Groenewoud soars above the superpipe at the X Games.

A new queen of the Winter X Games superpipe was crowned Saturday, but not before a tip of the skis to freeski trailblazer Sarah Burke.

Canadian Roz Groenewoud took home the gold in the women's superpipe, stunning the crowd with her moves while adorned with "Celebrate Sarah" stickers on her helmet, honoring her friend and fellow Canadian.

Groenewoud's performance packaged 14-feet of straight air, a right rotating 900 (2 1/2 rotations), a left rotating 540 into a left rotating 720 and ending with a switch-right rotating 540.

The 29-year-old Burke, a six-time X Games champion, died Jan. 19 following a fall during training. She suffered damage to her brain due to a lack of oxygen and blood.

Thousands of spectators framed the superpipe on Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo., on Saturday, waving signs in Burke's honor.

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