The Kevin Pearce Story: Why you should wear a helmet

For those not aware, Kevin Pearce was injured whilst training for the 2010 Winter Olympics. He was Shaun Whites closest competition.
Pearce, of Norwich, Vt., has been considered a favorite to make the U.S. Olympic Team. He is one of the few competitors to challenge snowboarder Shaun White, besting him at the Burton European Open in 2008 and 2009 and taking the silver medal at last winter’s X Games, losing the gold medal to White by one point.
His accident occurred when he hit his head above one of his eyes on the wall of a halfpipe, and was knocked unconcsious. He had to be airlifted to hospital and have fluid drained to relieve buildup on his brain.
This is a really big thing to read, it is tough to see all this and not want to be in a helmet all the time. It put into perspective for me that a helmet is not an option, especially if you want to take risks.
I’ve included some articles below about the event and the progression of the injuries and recovery.

This is the helmet I use.
It’s perfect. I may have preferred the non brim version, mines in white which is great for finding me on the mountain. But the brim helps keep your goggles from snapping down on your face randomly and the removable earmuffs are killer. I’m not kidding about white being easy to find, no-one buys white gear so I’m always the only white helmet person out there.

They allow you to have Earphones to replace your earmuffs for 50 bucks

If you have plenty of cash to spend, you can even get the Bluetooth Skullcandy Kit

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Posted on October 28, 2011, in Articles. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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