The uplifting, unparalleled life of Sarah Burke
No one will ever forget Sarah Burke, and perhaps the most resonant note on that was sounded by childhood friend Andrew Goatcher, who used his time at the microphone at the public memorial in Whistler to thank her for all the things for which he’d never had the opportunity: for teaching him that girls were tough and what real determination was; for being a prankster partner-in-crime when they were schoolmates; for introducing him to Rory; for all the fun. He finished with something he’d overheard that he felt not only perfectly summed up his own lifelong friendship, but the wild ride we’d all been on with the woman who captured the imagination of a worldwide fraternity, inspiring an entire generation of skiers.
“Nothing will be the same without her,” he said, looking out over the sea of faces illuminated by thousands of flickering candles, “but everything is better because of her.”- Les Anthony
(Ed. Note: This is excerpted from our September issue. To read more, pick up a copy on newsstands, or get a digital issue here)