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Snowboarder Kevin Pearce moved from critical care unit and continues to progress in his recovery

January 25, 2010 |  3:48 pm

Kevin Pearce competes in the men's snowboard superpipe final at Winter X Games 13 last year in Aspen, Colo.

Pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce has been moved out of the critical care unit at the University of Utah Hospital, and continues to make progress in his recovery from a head injury sustained Dec. 31.

"Kevin is making excellent progress and will move from the Critical Care to Neuro Acute care unit at the University of Utah Hospital today. He is working very hard to make daily progress in therapy, and his sense of humor and optimism are apparent as he begins his rehabilitation,” Elaine Skalabrin, medical director of neuro critical care and one of Pearce’s doctors, stated in the official update released today.

Pearce, 22, of Norwich, Vt., was training in the halfpipe at Park City, Utah, and was completing a cab double cork -- a twisting double back flip maneuver he's landed before -- when he caught his toe-side edge while landing.

Though he was wearing a helmet, he hit his head above one of his eyes and was knocked unconscious.

Pearce’s parents and family members remain by his side and continue to be grateful for all of the support shown from friends and fans worldwide.

The Facebook Fan page created by Pearce's family is still the preferred site for people posting their get-well wishes.

Hopefully, Pearce will feel up to watching the Winter X Games 14, which begin Thursday at Aspen, Colo., as well as the Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 12 in Vancouver, Canada. Though the competition won't seem the same without him, he'll likely still be there -- in everyone's thoughts.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Kevin Pearce competes in the men's snowboard superpipe final at Winter X Games 13 last year in Aspen, Colo. Credit: Eric Lars Bakke / Shazamm/ESPN Images

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