Sarah Burke Death: Why Her Crash Brings Everything Back into Perspective

James EvensCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13:  Skier Sarah Burke arrives at The 2011 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Sarah Burke was set to become an Olympian in 2014 after lobbying for her sport of Women's Ski Superpipe to be added to the list of events in the winter games. 

Burke was a bright vibrant competitor that was fierce in competition on and off the snow. She died doing what she loved.

With her death, though, comes some questions. 

In a day and age of sports becoming spectacles for fans, the thirst for brutal wrecks is something that tends to intrigue sports fans, which in my opinion, just isn't right.

It's doubtful you will find someone who says they hope someone gets hurt, but that is surely a reason that a lot of people watch.

Why is a jump on New Year's such a spectacle? It all has to do with the consequences that could possibly take place if something goes wrong, which in a way is disgusting.

Although entertainment is an aspect of sports that will always be present, the current dehumanization we put on athletes is incredible.

Type in Sarah Burke on Google. Google's first suggestion is that you search for her crash video.

It's so wrong in so many ways, but it seems to be a dark reality of what sports fans want. They subconsciously or consciously want to see someone fall or someone get hurt. 

The reality of it all is that this person is a human being, with family and friends that have just lost a loved one. 

COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO - DECEMBER 09:  Sarah Burke of Canada skis to seventh place in the halfpipe finals of the FIS Freestyle World Cup at the VISA US Freeskiing Grand Prix on December 9, 2011 in Copper Mountain, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Im
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Action sports are real, and aren't just a movie. After trying for days to save Sarah, her family is now in debt 550,000 dollars, due to a loophole in an insurance policy.

The fact of the matter is, that when we watch these wonderful instances of high flying action sports, we must remember that these are real humans, risking their lives everyday to entertain us.

While not every fan is guilty of doing such things, the dehumanization of the athlete could become a big problem if we let it get out of hand too quickly.

To support Sarah Burke's family in raising money for the medical bills, please visit their foundation set up in her honor.