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Pioneering Freestyle Skier in Coma

Sarah Burke of Canada falls during training run

(Newser) - A freestyle skier credited with helping get her sport included in the 2014 Winter Olympics is in a coma in Salt Lake City after a fall, reports the Toronto Globe and Mail . Canadian Sarah Burke, 29, fell yesterday during a training run at a Utah mountain resort. Burke has won... More »

Snowboard Champ Returns to Slopes After Brain Injury

Kevin Pearce to ride with friends for first time in 2 years

(Newser) - After hitting his head during halfpipe training two years ago, Kevin Pearce lost his shot at snowboarding superstardom: The accident left him in a coma with a traumatic brain injury, one that blurred his vision, shook his balance, and altered his memory. But even if his glory days are over,... More »

Danger Quotient Soars at Olympics

Technological advances allow athletes to push themselves too far

(Newser) - The unrelenting reports of serious injuries to would-be medal contenders have intensified an air of danger hanging over this year’s Winter Olympics. Some of the injuries have been truly chilling—like the traumatic brain injury snowboarder Kevin Pearce suffered while perfecting his double cork. “I was scared,”... More »

Top Snowboarder Slowly Regains Consciousness

Olympic hopeful Kevin Pearce has 'long recovery' ahead

(Newser) - Doctors have upgraded Kevin Pearce’s condition from critical to serious and say the snowboarder is slowly regaining consciousness after a spill last week that left him with a traumatic brain injury. That’s “faster than anticipated,” one doctor says, but “he still has a long recovery... More »

US Olympic Snowboard Contender Seriously Hurt

Kevin Pearce strikes his head during training

(Newser) - One of the top US snowboarders was seriously injured today when he struck his head performing a risky maneuver in training. Kevin Pearce, a 22-year-old Vermont resident, will undergo a procedure in Utah to relieve pressure on his brain after he hit his head on the half pipe. Pearce, a... More »

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