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Olympic Committee Bans Stickers on Helmets to Honor Athlete

Olympic Committee Bans Stickers on Helmets to Honor Athlete

The International Olympic Committee isn't budging on its decision banning athletes from wearing helmet stickers to honor late Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke.

She was a driving force in getting ski halfpipe and slopestyle added to the Winter Olympics and both events are debuting in Sochi.  

Burke died following a training accident in Utah in 2012.  

Many athletes wanted to honor Burke's memory while competing in this year's Winter Games by wearing Sarah stickers, but the IOC says "political statements" are not allowed during competition.

An IOC spokesman suggested Monday that athletes hold a commemoration for Burke at the Games' Faith Center.  

The IOC's stance has angered some athletes.  

Australian snowboarder Torah Bright wrote in an Instagram post she always rides with a Sarah sticker on her snowboard and helmet.  

Canada's Mike Riddle, considered a favorite to win gold in the ski halfpipe, said Burke's memory will be on the minds of a lot of athletes in Sochi. 

 

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