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Olympic Snowboarding Hopeful Critically Injured

posted at 11:14 am Mon Jan 4th, 2010 by (WherezIt_Staff)

The Olympic snowboarding hopeful Kevin Pearce was in critical condition Thursday after sustaining a head injury during training in the halfpipe in Park City, Utah.

Pearce hit his head against the edge of the halfpipe and was knocked unconscious. He was flown to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, where doctors planned external ventricular drainage to relieve fluid buildup in the brain, according to Pearce's mother, Pia.

Pearce, a 22-year-old from Norwich, Vt., was among many of the world's top halfpipe riders in Park City preparing to compete next week in a competition at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., an event that will serve as part of the Olympic trials.

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