Snowboarder Kevin Pearce, 22, of Norwich, Vt., remains in critical but stable condition at the University of Utah Hospital intensive care unit in Salt Lake City. Doctors say he's continuing treatment for a head injury sustained on Dec. 31 while training in the half pipe at Park City Mountain Resort, Utah.
Pearce was attempting a cab double cork, a twisting double back flip, which he has landed before. Reports say that this time, however, the toe-side edge of his board caught the top of the half pipe, his head struck the edge of the pipe, and he was knocked unconscious. He was wearing a helmet. Pearce was airlifted to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City where he is being treated.
Holly Ledyard, M.D., a specialist in critical neurological conditions at University of Utah Health Care, said, "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 sedated. 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."
Pearce's family has created a Facebook Fan page: Well Wishes to our Frend Kevin Pearce, where followers can receive information and updates on his condition and show their support for Pearce.
The hospital will not accept flowers, gifts or other packages. Cards may be sent to Mosaic Sports Management, c/o Kevin Pearce, 829 Second Street Suite B, Encinitas CA 92024.