Kevin Pearce Gets Back on His Snowboard


In 2009, while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics, snowboarder Kevin Pearce hit his head on the lip of a halfpipe and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Doctors were not sure he'd wake up from a coma, much less walk or talk again.

Almost two years after that accident, Kevin Pearce hopped back on his board in Breckenridge and blew down the slopes between a mass of cameramen and his friends, yelled back at fans who cheered him on, and grabbed some air. We're posting news of this again because a video has been released (above) showing his ride. 

It's the latest public part of his recovery, which has included work as a commentator and plans to become a motivational speaker.

For more on Kevin Pearce's path to recovery, check out “Some Reassembly Required,” by Jonah Lehrer.

–Joe Spring