At this time of the year its great to sit back and think about what your grateful for, what really makes you happy and what you couldn’t live without. It always comes down to the simple things in life your family,friends and life itself.
Which is where the inspiration for today’s blog comes from overcoming obstacles and deciding what is really important in life.
Kevin Pearce embodies what I have been talking about above, he is an American snowboarder who has overcome a tragic accident to get himself back to strength and prove that if you believe you can achieve anything!
On December 31, 2009, Pearce was critically injured during a halfpipe training run in Park City, Utah, suffering a serious traumatic brain injury, which led to a buildup of fluid in his brain. He suffered the injury after striking his head on the edge of the pipe. He was flown to the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City where he was admitted in critical condition.
By January 6, 2010, Pearce had been upgraded from critical to serious condition; the breathing tube had been taken out, and he was able to respond to simple commands. His doctors were said to be “cautiously optimistic” regarding his chances for recovery.
On January 26, 2010, Kevin Pearce was transferred out of critical care at University of Utah hospital. An update provided by the Pearce family said Pearce is making steady progress and “his sense of humor and optimism are apparent as he begins his rehabilitation.”
In early February, Pearce was moved from the University of Utah Medical Center to Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, a rehabilitation center that specializes in treating traumatic brain injuries. By June, Pearce was back with family in Vermont.
On August 23, 2010, Pearce and his mother were interviewed by Matt Lauer of the Today Show to discuss his experience and amazing recovery. Pearce said, “[family] played the biggest role in my recovery…I am lucky and excited to get back onto a snowboard.” The simple things in life that make you want to get better and feel better.
It has now been almost two years since Oakley Star Snowboarder Kevin Pearce strapped into a board. Displaying truly amazing resilience and hope while training for the Winter Olympic Games in Utah, the inspirational Oakley Team rider did what many said would never happen again.
He dropped in.
Appreciating the small things on his very first ride back from recovery in Breckenridge, Colo. this morning – the lift, the snow, the riders and the overall environment – Kevin shredded to the cheers and shouts of his fellow boarders on the slopes.
A touching moment. Check it out…..
He is an inspiration that no matter what you can always overcome obstacles if you have the strength,courage and belief!!