Kevin Pearce in critical condition after training accident

KP - Photo: Adam Moran

Kevin Pearce, 2008 TTR World Champion, US Olympic hopeful and all-round nice guy, is currently in a critical condition in hospital after smacking his head in training over the weekend. KP, who was training for the US Olympic team qualifier in Mammoth, caught his toe edge on the landing of a cab double cork, and was pitched forward into the icy wall of the pipe. Pearce was wearing his helmet at the time, but as luck would have it he managed to catch the wall of the pipe just above his eye – one of the few places on his head that was unprotected.

Thankfully, although it is serious, Kevin’s condition appears to be stable. But the talented young rider is still in an induced state of unconsciousness in Salt Lake City hospital, and is expected to take long time to recover. His parents have set up a facebook page, where fellow riders, friends and fans have left messages of support. You can check it out and add your own comments here. Yesterday, his parents Simon and Pia issued a statement saying: “We have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support from Kevin’s friends, family, and fans from every corner of the world. We thank each and every one of you for your kind thoughts, messages and prayers.”

While it is hoped and expected that Kevin will make a good recovery, the injury will almost certainly cut his season short, and put paid to his efforts to ride for the US in the Olympics.

In a post on the page Jake Burton, the head honcho of Kevin’s main sponsor, said: “It’s a serious head injury and it’s going to take a long time to get it all figured out and rehabilitated. But I am incredibly optimistic after seeing Kevin, and more importantly knowing what a fighter he is. It’s evident how much everybody’s thoughts and prayers mean to the family, and ultimately to Kevin. So don’t stop the good vibes.”

Having interviewed Kevin last season, we can safely say that the lad is one of the nicest, most down-to-earth superstars you will ever meet, and we’re wishing him all the best for a swift recovery.

Kevin in action in Breckenridge - Photo: Aaron Dodds
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