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Snowboarder Kevin Pearce returns home to Vermont

May 4, 2010 | 12:57 pm

Kevin Pearce and his parents, Simon and Pia, at the airport.

Snowboarder Kevin Pearce returned home to Vermont on Saturday, following a four-month recovery and physical rehabilitation program in Salt Lake City and Englewood, Colo. He will be living in his family’s Norwich home while continuing outpatient therapy.

"It's so great to be back in my hometown with my whole family. I can’t thank everyone I met in Utah and Colorado enough. It's been a long road, and I know I still have a ways to go, but the support I have had from my family and friends, my sponsors, the Frends Crew, as well as so many fans has been amazing," Pearce said in a statement issued Tuesday.

His parents, Simon and Pia Pearce, are very grateful their son has been able to return home.

"Over the past four months our family has embarked on an unexpected yet very rewarding journey with Kevin. We are incredibly proud of how hard he has worked to recover from his injury and take joy in all of the milestones Kevin has reached so far. We have nothing but optimism and excitement about his continuing recovery and his future."

[Updated: Pearce suffered a traumatic brain injury in January while training in the halfpipe at Park City, Utah, for the Winter 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.]

The Pearce family expressed profound gratitude to the medical staff at the University of Utah Hospital for their expert care during the first chapter of Kevin’s recovery, as well as a heart-felt thank you to the rehabilitation team at Colorado's Craig Hospital for providing the support necessary to help Kevin through the second phase.

The Facebook Fan page created by the Pearce family remains the preferred outlet for Kevin and his family to post official updates and notes, but letters, cards and well wishes may now be mailed to: Kevin Pearce, c/o Simon Pearce Glass, 109 Park Road, Windsor, VT 05089.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Kevin Pearce and his parents, Simon and Pia, at the airport. Credit: Adam Pearce

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