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03/26/2014 03:00 EDT | Updated 05/26/2014 05:59 EDT

Sarah Burke: highway to be dedicated in skier's name

The Ontario government will dedicate a highway in memory of Sarah Burke, the champion freestyle skier from Barrie, Ont., who died from injuries sustained during a training accident in January 2012.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Wednesday that Ontario will dedicate Highway 93, which runs through Simcoe County where Burke was born and raised, as the Sarah Burke Memorial Highway.

In a statement, Wynne said the highway will "provide a lasting reminder of her accomplishments."

"It will remind girls everywhere of the amazing possibilities that are open to them in our beautiful province," she said.

Wynne is to announce the dedication at a ceremony attended by Burke's parents on Wednesday.

Burke died after a fall during training accident in Salt Lake City, Utah, after tearing the artery that supplies blood to the brain stem during a training run in the superpipe at an event at the Park City Mountain resort.

Born in Barrie, Ont., and raised in Midland, Burke got her start skiing with her family when she was five years old. She took up moguls skiing and competed for Team Ontario before switching to freestyle and winning the halfpipe competition at the 2001 U.S. Open of Freeskiing.

Burke won four gold medals in superpipe at the Winter X Games and an additional gold in the event at the Winter X Games Europe, having swept both competitions in 2011. She was the early favourite for the event's Olympic debut.

She also won the 2005 world championships, was the first woman to land a 1080-degree spin (three full rotations) in competition and won the 2007 ESPY award as Best Female Action Sports Athlete.

Along with her accomplishments on the slopes, Burke will also be remembered for her fierce advocacy for halfpipe skiing's addition to the Olympics.