Sarah Burke in critical condition after surgery


View Photo Gallery: Sarah Burke, shown here competing in the halfpipe finals at the freestyle skiing world championships in Park City last February, remains in critical condition after al fall Tuesday. (Mark J. Terrill | Associated Press)

Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke underwent surgery to repair a ruptured vertebral artery that caused intracranial bleeding and remains in critical condition in a medically induced coma.

Burke, 29, is hospitalized in Salt Lake City after being injured in a fall on a training run Tuesday in Park City.

“With injuries of this type, we need to observe the course of her brain function before making definitive pronouncements about Sarah’s prognosis for recovery,” William T. Couldwell, the University of Utah surgeon who performed the surgery, said in a statement released by Burke’s publicist. “Our Neuro Critical Care team will be monitoring her condition and response continuously over the coming hours and days.”

Burke landed on her feet near the bottom of the halfpipe but fell over and struck her head. She is a four-time X Games champion and a 2014 Olympics favorite for the Canadian national team.

Earlier: Burke in medically induced coma after fall

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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