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Nearly 2 years later, snowboarder Pearce to ride

December 8, 2011

Nearly two years after his life-threatening accident on the halfpipe, snowboarder Kevin Pearce will ride again.

Pearce, who suffered major head trauma in an accident during practice on Dec. 31, 2009, will be back on snow next Tuesday in Breckenridge, Colo., for the first time since the accident.

Pearce was working on the toughest trick in the sport - a Double Cork 1260 - and was expected to challenge Shaun White at the 2010 Olympics. But Pearce's injury put him on life support, and doctors told him he'd be lucky to walk again, let alone ride a snowboard.

It's been a remarkable recovery, and the next step is getting back out on the mountain.

He'll ride with fans, sponsors and a group of fellow snowboarders who call themselves the "Frends."

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