The tragic death of the Georgian luger in a practice run was sadly not the only serious injury affecting the Winter Olympics. Injured U.S. snowboarder Kevin Pearce, who never made it to Vancouver, may be out of competition permanently.
As the Vancouver Sun explains:
The 22-year-old native of Norwich, Vt., suffered severe brain trauma after slamming his head on the edge of the halfpipe attempting his version of the spectacular — but dangerous — double cork in Park City, Utah, on New Year’s Eve. Unconscious, he had to be airlifted to an area hospital, where he remained in a coma for weeks and spent the better part of a month in critical condition. He’s since been upgraded to serious condition and now lives full-time at a facility that specializes in brain and spinal-cord injuries.
Imagine, going from a favorite at the Olympics to watching it on television from a hospital bed in the time it takes to strap on a board. Pearce only just started speaking, needs assistance to learn how to walk and has problems with his vision as a result of the impact of skull and the halfpipe’s icy lip.
ABC’s Good Morning America aired this report shortly after Pearce’s injury:
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