Feb 15, 2014
By Bob Sheppard
It’s a fitting tribute in the middle of the Winter Olympic Games.
A flag from the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill is going to be presented to the family of late freestyle skier Sarah Burke.
The announcement was made Saturday by prime Minister Stephen Harper who called Burke a trailblazer in freestyle skiing and a gifted athlete.
Burke is credited as one of the principal reasons why the halfpipe event is now an Olypic event. It was introduced at the Sochi Games.
Burke died from injuries in a training accident in Utah in January of 2012. She was 29.
A Peace Tower flag is presented each year to a Canadian who has exemplified Canadian values.
February 15th was declared National Flag of Canada Day in 1996.
The flag will be presented to Burke’s mother and father, and her widower.