Injured snowboarder remains in critical but stable condition |

Injured snowboarder remains in critical but stable condition

Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

Olympic hopeful and top-ranked snowboarding pro Kevin Pearce (Norwich, Vt.), 22, remains in critical but stable condition after suffering a traumatic brain injury while training on the halfpipe at Park City Mountain Resort Dec. 31.

The family’s spokesperson Danielle Burch said in a phone interview on Tuesday that Pearce’s condition had not changed. Pearce is being treated in the intensive care unit at the University of Utah.

According to a press release, Pearce was in the process of completing a cab double cork, a twisting back flip he has landed in previous trainings, when he caught his toe-side edge while landing. He was wearing a helmet. Pearce was airlifted to the University Hospital.

Dr. Holly Ledyard, a neurointensivist at the University, said Pearce sustained a severe injury but has not had to undergo surgery at this time. He is, however, being intubated and sedated. According to the press release, the focus over the next week will be watch for any swelling in his brain and keeping his brain pressure normal.

Burch said Pearce is surrounded by his family who has created a Facebook page dedicated to him. Friends and fans have posted get-well wishes as the family continues to update the site with Pearce’s progress. Fans can find the pages by searching "Kevin Pearce’s fan page" or "Get Well Kevin Pearce."

"We have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support from Kevin’s friends, family and fans from every corner of the world," his parents, Pia and Simon Pearce, said in the press release. "We thank each and every one of you for your kind thoughts, messages and prayers. We would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to Kevin’s doctors and nurses for all they have done and all they continue to do. Kevin is the most extraordinary and determined son any two parents could hope for and it is wonderful to see how loved he is."

Pearce was training to qualify for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. According to his biography, in 2008 he placed on the podium in every contest he entered, including the X-Games and Arctic Challenge. He is considered one of the top snowboarders in the U.S.

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