SALT LAKE CITY — American snowboarder Kevin Pearce was in critical condition at a Utah hospital Friday after suffering a head injury while training in Park City, his publicist said.
Pearce's condition at University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City hasn't changed since undergoing surgery Thursday, Danielle Burch said.
Pearce, a top-ranked halfpipe rider with a good chance of making the U.S. Olympic team, was knocked unconscious when he hit his head during a training run on Thursday.
Hospital officials on Friday weren't releasing information on Pearce's condition and were forwarding inquiries to his publicist. Family and friends set up a Facebook page for well-wishers and to offer updates on Pearce's condition.
The 22-year-old from Norwich, Vt., was preparing for next week's Olympic qualifying events in Mammoth Mountain, Calif. He is considered, along with Shaun White, to be one of America's top athletes in a sport dominated by the United States.
Olympic halfpipes are essentially hollowed out ice shells, the sides of which rise up to 22 feet in the air. Riders gain speed as they go from one side to another and fly several feet over the edges, where they flip and spin, often rotating 720 or 1080 degrees on a single jump.
Three weeks ago, Pearce fell during a preliminary run at an Olympic qualifying event in Copper Mountain, Colo., and sustained a concussion.
Crazy shit, wish we coulda seen him at the Olympics.
I was just looking to see if this was posted. Sounds like he got a concussion at Copper Mountain, so this injury is not good news. I was also hoping to see him compete in Vancouver. Now I am just hoping he gets to compete again. +++ Vibes for the kid.
He is Burton Global Team rider and during practice accidentally he hit his head on the wall of the halfpipe. After injury he was taken to the hospital and at University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City, he underwent surgery to relieve fluid buildup in his brain. His parents are on their way to Salt Lake City.No further details are available about his health condition.He was practicing for an Olympic trials event which is going to held next week. U.S. coach Mike Jankowski, told that:
“He did it a little too hard, put a little too much oomph into it, and over-rotated on the second flip.”
Seriously Sam I am, Have some goddamn sympathy. Actually whatever,Fuck You. The rest of us do. Thoughts and prayers to Kevin Pearce, the Frend with the sickest Frontside Lean Air I've ever seen in competition ; Get Better Kev, we wanna see you back on the top of the podium!
Yeah, I believe almost all of those athletes wear their helmets in training. Most helmets really only offer protection up to about 15 MPH impacts; beyond that and you are still going to be hurting pretty bad. I`m sure without one he may not even be still hanging on to life, but people do need to understand that you still have to be careful riding helmet or not.
Good advice. The same could be said for most (if not all) protective equipment designed for skiing/snowboarding. Generally its meant to provide a cushion or soften an impact. Most pieces are not made to protect you from hitting a concrete wall at 50mph.
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