A serious head injury may have thwarted 22-year-old Kevin Pearce’s chances of participating in the upcoming 2010 Olympics. Pearce, of Norwich, Vermont, considered a medal contender in snowboarding in the upcoming Vancouver Olympics, received the injury during halfpipe training yesterday in Park City, Utah.
Pearce was attempting a double cork twisting double backflip when he slammed his head against the edge of the halfpipe and was knocked unconscious. He was flown to Salt Lake City’s University of Utah Hospital, where doctors drained fluid building up in his brain.
US Olympic halfpipe coach Mike Jankowski stated that Pearce appeared to hit the pipe edge just above his eye during a double cork. Jankowski described the injuries as appearing “serious, critical.’’ Kevin’s parents immediately left Vermont for Utah upon being notified of the injury.