Freestyle skier Sarah Burke died on Thursday morning from injuries sustained in a superpipe training accident suffered January 10 in nearby Park City, the Deseret News reported.
University of Utah Medical Center officials confirmed in a statement that Burke died at 9:22 in the morning in the presence of her family. She was 29.
Doctors said she suffered a ruptured vertebral artery that reduced blood flow to the brain, leading to severe bleeding. She remained in a coma and on life support from the time she reached the Salt Lake City hospital.
Doctors discovered Burke had suffered irreversible brain damage after going into cardiac arrest.
Burke, a four-time Winter X Games champion, has been instrumental in raising the profile freestyle halfpipe and was an enthusiastic and influential supporter of its inclusion in the Olympics from 2014.
The Park City course where Burke was injured was the same one upon which snowboarder Kevin Pearce was critically injured in a 2009 training run.
Pearce recovered and returned to snowboarding last month.© ANP/AFP