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Jan 27, 2012 3:18 AM by Lee Douglas

X Games kicks off with moving tribute to Sarah Burke

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Sarah Burke's friends took a slow trip down a darkened halfpipe at the Winter X Games on Thursday, saying goodbye to the skier who helped push their sports to the heights they are today.

At the bottom, those friends embraced Burke's family, still mourning a week after the 29-year-old freestyle skier's death. The Canadian, a pioneer in freestyle skiing, died from injuries suffered during a training accident earlier this month.

It was a touching tribute in front of a silent crowd - beginning with a video remembrance of Burke's life played on the big screens across the venue.

Burke was a four-time X Games champion in skiing superpipe and lobbied to get that sport in the Olympics, where it will debut in 2014.

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