Freestyle skier Burke critical after crash

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."

Burke played an instrumental role in having her sport included in the Olympics for the first time. It will debut at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.