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Freestyle skier Sarah Burke to be honoured

Tribute on National Flag Day

Burke died after a training accident in 2012
AP/David Zalubowski

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the family of late freestyle skier Sarah Burke will be presented with a flag from the Peace Tower in honour of Flag Day.    

To celebrate National Flag of Canada Day, each year the Peace Tower flag is presented to a Canadian who has exemplified Canadian values.    

Calling Burke a gifted athlete, and a trailblazer in freestyle skiing, Harper says she is one of the principal reasons why the halfpipe was introduced as an Olympic sport this year in Sochi, Russia.    

Harper says the Peace Tower flag will go Burke's parents Gordon Burke and Jan Phelan, and her widower Rory Bushfield.    

Burke died after a training accident in January 2012 at the age of 29.    

Feb. 15 was declared National Flag of Canada Day in 1996.

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