Sarah Burke freeskier in critical condition extreme sports too risky

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)

Sarah Burke, the Canadian freeskier who crashed during training on the halfpipe in Park City, Utah, is reportedly in a coma.

Burke is “intubated and sedated,” according to a University of Utah Health Care physician interviewed by ESPN. Her prognosis is still unknown, but Burke’s condition is putting the spotlight on serious injuries in the world of extreme sports.

Snowboarder Kevin Pearce sustained a head injury at the same location while he was training for the 2010 Olympics.

Although extreme-sport injuries get considerable media attention, are extreme athletes truly at higher risk than

The Crash Reel and the rush of high stakes sports


Review: ‘The Crash Reel’ and the rush of high-stakes sports

There is a pulsating timeliness to “The Crash Reel,” Academy Award-winning documentarian Lucy Walker’s bracing new film about extreme-sports up-and-comer Kevin Pearce, a gifted snowboarder who wiped out while training for the 2010 Olympics, suffering a coma-inducing traumatic brain injury. A miraculous recovery gave his loving, nurturing family back its son, but Pearce’s thirst to re-enter an increasingly dangerous world of stunt-driven one-upmanship sparks in those close to him a new course of worry.

There’s no small amount of heartbreak in watching Pearce’s brother David, who has Down syndrome and is himself an athlete, with medals in the Special Olympics, routinely express to Kevin his fears for his safety. Through a craftily edited mix of personal video, competition footage, interviews and verite hovering on some intimate conversations between Pearce, his family and doctors, Walker captures a seesaw exhilaration between the thrill of pushing one’s limits and the pain of dreams cut short.

With sports journalism increasingly focused on nervy issues of safety and health in today’s ever-riskier athleticism, “The Crash Reel” asks pointed questions about hazard, reward

Bachelor recap Its extreme sports week with Sean Lowe


Another week, another episode that kicks off with a shirtless shot of Sean.

I mean, this is getting just a TAD extreme, guys. Sure, he has a fantastic body. And maybe the footage of him showering shirtless wasn’t totally preposterous because, hey, we do all shower shirtless. But cooking shirtless in his faux, hyper-modern “Bachelor” pad? That’s a bit of a stretch. Let’s get a little more creative next week producers, shall we?

Selma, a.k.a. Ashley Greene, gets the first date with Sean. And in continuation of the there’s-no-way-in-hell-I’d-do-this-if-I-weren’t-on-TV-theme, the date takes place in the 110-degree heat of Joshua Tree National Park.

“You took the Iraqi to a desert,” says Selma, eyeing the sandy, cactus-filled landscape.

Since he’s already rappelled down the side of a downtown L.A. high rise, Mr. Extreme Sports thinks it’d be a good idea to take one of the more “glamorous” girls in the house rock climbing. And we’re not talking some indoor climbing wall here, folks. This is the real deal — a steep incline that requires some serious physical acumen.

Selma handles the whole thing far better than I would — complaining a