Kevin Pearce was a 22-year-old Olympic snowboarding hopeful and one of America’s top riders when, in December of 2009, he attempted a difficult trick in a halfpipe in Park City, Utah, and missed the landing. Pearce hit his head on the lip of the halfpipe and suffered a traumatic brain injury that rerouted his trajectory, forcing the rising star down an unfamiliar path of rehabilitation, recovery and reconsideration of his life’s passion. Lucy Walker’s new documentary film, The Crash Reel, follows Pearce and his tight-knit family through the demanding journey of physical rehab, returning to the slopes and coming to terms with risk. Pearce, a speaker and advocate for the National Down Syndrome Society and the prevention of traumatic brain injuries, has since teamed up with Walker to launch Love Your Brain, a social action campaign aimed and preventing brain injuries through education.
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