This morning (Thursday December 31, 2009) while training in the Park City Halfpipe snowboarder Kevin Pearce, 22, was seriously injured during a “double cork,” according to a story in the New York Times.
Pearce’s mother, Pia, said that she was told that Pearce hit his head against the edge of the half pipe and was knocked unconscious. He was taken to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, she said, where doctors planned external ventricular drainage to relieve fluid buildup. They hoped to lessen the sedation after surgery, she said, hoping he would regain consciousness.
Our thoughts are with Kevin and his family and friends.
[Update 10:06 AM Jan. 1, 2010: The New York Times reports that Kevin is still in "critical condition" this morning and "A spokeswoman for the Pearce family, Danielle Burch, declined to say on Friday morning whether Pearce was conscious. The hospital is not providing further information at the family’s request." Click here for a facebook well-wishes page.]
[Update 3:09 PM PT: The University of Utah Hospital has confirmed that Kevin Pearce is in their hospital and is currently listed in critical condition. According to ESPN Pearce suffered a concussion during qualifying at the US Grand Prix at Copper Mountain on December 11, 2009.]
[Link: New York Times]