Sarah Burke, the freeskiing pioneer who died after a training fall in January 2012, will be among the Canadians celebrated on postage stamps this February in recognition of the Sochi Olympics.
Others on stamps will include Sandra Schmirler, Canada’s 1998 Olympics gold medalist curling skip who died of cancer in 2000, and 1948 Olympic champion figure skater Barbara Ann Scott.
Singers Shania Twain and K.D. Lang are also set to be honored, according to the Canadian Press.
Burke was a four-time Winter X Games gold medalists and one of the stars of ski halfpipe, a sport making its Olympic debut next year.
She died nine days after crashing on the same Park City, Utah, halfpipe where U.S. snowboarder Kevin Pearce suffered a traumatic brain injury on New Year’s Eve 2009.
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Figure skating analysts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will host the Closing Ceremony on Sunday night in Primetime on NBC. The team, along with play-by-play partner Terry Gannon, made the announcement during Tuesday night’s broadcast of the ladies’ short program.
Lipinski, Weir and Gannon will commentate the pageantry from PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, which will feature the Parade of Nations, interviews, profiles, musical performances and more.
“Parades, K-Pop, fireworks, costumes, dancing – who better to host the world’s biggest party than Tara, Johnny and Terry,” Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production and Programming, said in a press release.
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It must be an incredible feeling to share the Olympic experience with your twin sister while skating next to one another on the same team. But, how many sets of twins can say they each had a game-changing moment to help their team capture a gold medal for the first time in 20 years?
NBCOlympics.com: Gold at last: U.S. women beat rival Canada in epic shootout
The Lamoureux twins are in elite company as they both shined individually while helping the U.S. defeat Canada in the women’s hockey gold-medal game.
“I’m digging the new necklace I got today,” Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said. “It is been a dream to do this, side by side. We have pushed each other since we were little and our brothers have kicked our butts along the way.”
Jocelyne, tasked with shooting in the first round of extra innings, performed a highly-skilled maneuver en route to scoring the eventual shootout-winning goal. No. 17 skated in all alone, faked to her backhand as Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados slipped, then confidently slid the puck into the back of the net.
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