Pro snowboarder, Kevin Pearce, was heading for a major league career in this chilly sport. His moves were awesome and his endorsements were many.
Soon Pearce was beating another young, but seasoned, snowboarder named Shaun White.
Kevin’s world was an exciting one as he was heading into the upcoming Olympics. However, Kevin never made it to the Olympics. Pearce took a bad fall and sustained a TBI, (traumatic brain injury), that took him completely out of the game.
According to Wiki:
On December 31, 2009, Pearce was critically injured during training in Park City, Utah. He struck his head above the left eye halfway down the pipe during a half-pipe training run trying a maneuver called a cab double cork. He was flown to the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. On January 26, 2010, Pearce was transferred out of critical care and in early February was moved to Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, a rehabilitation center that specializes in traumatic brain injuries. By June, Pearce was back with his family in Vermont.
In an August 23, 2010 interview, Pearce said he was lucky to recover and "...excited to get back onto a snowboard. However, in a December 2011 interview with Alli/Dew Tour Live he said he will not compete again
Watching Kevin’s family, which includes a brother with Down’s Syndrome, trying to come to grips with the new Kevin is heartbreaking. The film shows Kevin all through his recovery process.
From being in a coma, to being awake, but unaware to being aware, but not really understanding much, we see it all.
The saddest part of this film, aside from the injury itself, is watching Kevin talk about getting back to snowboarding. He actually does try to snowboard a bit, to no avail, he can’t do it.
This film isn’t about snowboarding or even about the competition that arises between Shaun and Kevin. This film is about a young man struggling to recover his life. He wants his old life, the one in which he was on his way to being the best snowboarder in the world. However, the new Kevin must find a new way through his life and it is this journey that “The Crash Reel” shows the viewer. It is this journey that will make viewers feel the documentary instead of just watching it.
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