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Kevin Pearce rides again: Back on the snowboard after long recovery

9:45 PM, Dec 13, 2011   |    comments
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Pearce was once one of the world's best snowboarders in the half pipe. On Tuesday, he got back onto a snowboard for the first time since 2009.

"I have been dreaming about it," Pearce said.

Over the years, Pearce managed to do some incredible stunts on the snowboard, but he says Tuesday was one of the most moving days on snow he's ever had.

"To be here in this shape with all my best friends and to be able to ride is beyond anything I can explain," he said while on the slopes of Breckenridge.

In 2009, just before the 2010 Olympic Games, Pearce had a training run accident that left him with a serious brain injury. At one point some thought he may never walk again, let alone ride. He spent months in rehab at Craig Hospital.

"Could not explain what I have been through," he said.

Tuesday, he finally returned to the snow.

"Strapped in and ready to go," he said.

Under a perfect, blue-sky day at Breckenridge, for the first time since his accident, Kevin got back on snow and rode again. And it was not an easy run for him - he raced down the slopes faster than the hoard of camera crews could keep up.

"I got my eyes fixed up. I got my balance fixed up. I'm ready to ride," he said.

For the fans that came to see him, it was a good sight.

"He's doing what he loves and I don't know if he's trying to prove anything to anyone, he's just trying to prove it to himself," Rem Robinson, a fan, said.

It's not a half pipe, but that didn't matter to Pearce because he was out with friends having the ride of his life.

Pearce enjoyed his day so much he says he wants to ride every day of the season. Breckenridge is going to give him a season pass to keep coming back.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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