Freestyle skier Burke remains critical after surgery |

Freestyle skier Burke remains critical after surgery

FILE - In this March 12, 2008 file photo, Sarah Burke of Canada is airborne as she competes in the women's halfpipe freestyle event at the World Cup finals in Valmalenco, Italy. Burke remains in a coma, a day after she was airlifted from the mountains of Utah to a Salt Lake City hospital with serious injuries after a training accident in the superpipe. Peter Judge, CEO of the Canadian freestyle team, says Burke's family is at the hospital, and an update on Burke's condition is expected later Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke remains in critical condition Thursday after a successful operation to repair a tear to an artery that caused bleeding between her skull and brain.

The doctor who performed the operation, William Couldwell, says the medical team must “observe the course of her brain function before making definitive pronouncements about Sarah’s prognosis for recovery.”

Burke, a four-time Winter X Games champion in halfpipe skiing, injured herself while practicing on the halfpipe in Park City on Tuesday.

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