Spanning the Twitterverse: RIP Sarah Burke

Spanning the Twitterverse to bring you the constant variety of tweets
The thrill of the retweet and the agony of the unfollow
The human drama of the twitter timeline
This is CadChica’s Wide World of Tworts

She “defined her sport”. She was “a trailblazer”. She was “women’s freestyle skiing”. That “she”, was Canadian freestyle skier, Sarah Burke. Critically injured in a January 10 training session at Park City Mountain Resort in Salt Lake City, Utah, Burke was unable to recover and her death was announced today.

As the tweets came through today, it was hard not to think about her family and friends. It was hard not to think of her fellow skiers who are left to continue to build on the legacy she left. Searching for words to write, I came across this poem From the website: www.breakthroughonskis.com I thought it was appropriate for today.

The Magic of Skiing
by Don Lemos
The Magic of Skiing
And surely it’s there,
The body in motion,
The downhill dare.
The sensual feeling
Of arcing a turn,
The satisfaction felt
The better we learn.
And like a newborn babe
Marvelling at the feat,
Watching its movement,
An extraordinary treat.
Thus it is so,
When the forces we tame,
Ultimate control,
The master game.
And it ends not there,
Not just with a grin,
For powerful feelings
Are retained within.
They reflect in life
A value strong,
To handle the difficult
When all goes wrong.

My way of helping the memory and legacy live on when someone in sports dies, is to capture what the Twitterverse had to say. Prayers of comfort for Sarah’s husband and family.

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If you watch anything today on Sarah Burke, please watch the video in the next tweet (click the link):

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According to this tweet, a memorial fund has been set up:

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Her very last tweet? A tweet to friends:

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