Freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who has won four Winter X Games gold medals in superpipe and is considered to be one of the top halfpipe riders in the world, was in critical condition Wednesday following an accident during a training session.
Burke, 28, suffered "serious injuries" while skiing in Park City, Utah, at a sponsor event on Tuesday.
She was airlifted to a hospital in Salt Lake City and was intubated and sedated in critical condition Wednesday, according to a statement by Dr. Safdar Ansari, a University of Utah Health Care head trauma specialist.
The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association said Burke's husband, Rory Bushfield, and her family were by her bedside and expressed thanks to well-wishers around the world.
"Sarah is a very strong young woman and she will most certainly fight to recover," her husband said, according to the ski organization.
Peter Judge, the chief executive of Canadian Freestyle, said: "This is an extremely unfortunate situation and we are awaiting further word on Sarah's condition."