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IOC Bans Helmet Tributes To Dead Canadian Skier Sarah Burke

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Just one more thing to shake your head about at the Sochi Olympic Games.

Australian snowboarder Torah Bright posted this to Instagram about the IOC banning helmet tributes to dead Canadian skier Sarah Burke.

Tonight marks the beginning of the 2014 Olympic Games. I am at these Olympics for multiple reason. Firstly, to represent my country and share with the world the sport which has blessed my life with beauty and joy. I am also here to honor my great friend Sarah Burke who left this world two years ago. I ride with a Sarah sticker on my snowboard and helmet always. The IOC however, consider Sarah stickers "a political statement" and have banned them. WOW. Sarah is a beautiful, talented, powerful women, who's spirit inspires me still. She is a big reason why skier pipe/slope are now Olympic events. Lastly, My dear friends lost their first born yesterday. Neena and Andy your strength overwhelms me. More than anything, I wish I was there with you, to support you in love, as you have done for me through my own hardships. I will draw from your strength and do what I need to do. With an aching heart, I board... For your beautiful Indira. #godbewithyou

Burke died in January of 2012 as the result of injuries sustained during a training accident. A freestyle skier, Burke was partly responsible for getting halfpipe skiing added to the Olympics -- the sport is making its debut in Sochi.

But tributes to her are a "political statement." Welcome to Sochi.

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