There are indications that the condition of Olympic snowboard hopeful Kevin Pearce of Norwich, Vt., is improving from his traumatic critical brain injury.
The 22-year-old fell on his head attempting a very difficult double rotation trick last Thursday in Park City, Utah.
As a Burton Snowboards team-member, Pearce had been winning international half-pipe competitions and is a top prospect to medal as a member of the U.S. Olympic team in Vancouver.
Pearce is a close a friend of Burton Snowboards founder Jake Carpenter and his three sons. As of Wednesday morning, Kevin Pearce's family says he shows signs that he is determined to get better and they continue to be inspired by his progress.
"He wasn't training to do anything but win. You know he was working on a run that would win a gold medal," Carpenter said. "A head injury like this takes time and I think all of us have to have patience... I think we all know what a fighter the kid is and what a determined athlete he is. He's in the best shape of his life. He's trained impeccably for this and he hasn't made any compromises. And I think what got him here will get him through this."
Jake Carpenter says the Pearce family has been overwhelmed by the incredible outpouring of support and well-wishes from all over the world-- wishing Kevin a full and speedy recovery.