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Snowboarder Kevin Pearce remains in critical condition with traumatic brain injury

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

Snowboarder Kevin Pearce remains in critical condition at the University of Utah Hospital after a head injury sustained while training in the halfpipe at Park City, Utah, for this week's Olympics qualifier at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

Pearce 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 Pearce, 22, was wearing a helmet, he hit his head above one of his eyes and was knocked unconscious.

“Kevin sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. He is currently in intensive care and in critical condition, but stable and has not needed to undergo surgery at this time. He is intubated and being kept sedated," Holly Ledyard, a neurointensivist who is one of Pearce's doctors, said in a statement issued Saturday and posted on the Facebook page family members created.

"The focus over the next week will be watching for any swelling in his brain and keeping his brain pressure normal. Kevin has a long recovery ahead of him,” said Ledyard.

Outposts will post updates on Pearce as information becomes available.

-- 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


Snowboarder Kevin Pearce in critical condition after halfpipe accident

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Comments (10)

You know its really a miracle that this doesn't happen to more snowboarders. Sad that it happened to him, but those pro boarders are taking some serious risks every second they are in the half pipe.

Brilliant snowboarder!!! looking forward for a miracle for his return.

All he needs is alot of support. When i was 10 years old i had a traumatic brain injury, and here i am at 21. Pray pray pray and give him support, and let him know that you care!

Still Rooting for a KP come back in 2010; come on kevin!

I'm the survivor of a brain injury, similar to Mr. Pearce. I want you him to know, that many things you took for granted like I did, they may come back with time. For me, due to some new drugs in 2007, I'm doing things not done in over 30 years. The brain is a great instrument. If I can give you some advice: Believe Achieve Receive Success!


Shaun Best, Protector of the Natural State
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Smackover, AR 71762

I sustained a tbi in Nov 1985 and am still working on walking without a cane. Good luck and God's blessings on your recovery.

Thanks for including the details of his crash (caught toe-side edge), those of us who snowboard now understand exactly what happened. I hope he recovers soon.

I pray for Kevin's speedy recovery and commitment to put his whole heart into every future endeavor. His dedication to his sport and intense practice to claim his place on the US Olympic team are uplifting and remarkable. Our prayers are with him, his family, friends, fans, and medical staff.

We join thousands who are praying for Kevin. Two years ago a good friend of mine had an accident snowboarding in Alberta. There is a tragic side to the story but a very upbeat side to it as well. You can read it by copying and pasting this link into your browser:


Poor Kevin! Such serious injuries to young American athletes always make me think about teenage atheletes who are not considered real atheletes -- CHEERLEADERS. Pearce's brain injury was caused when he did a back flip (even though he had on a helmet). Many sports are dangerous, but most folks don't realize the serious risks for cheerleaders -- the most dangerous sport for females in highschool and college. Cheerleaders do back flips too and without helmets. Afterall, they're suppose to look pretty while putting themselves in danger. Cheerleaders have suffered many head and spinal injuries. Ethic Soup blog has a couple of excellent resources for cheerleaders and their parents at:





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