Kristin and I watched the HBO documentary “The Crash Reel,” which focuses on snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s horrific crash. At the time of the crash, Pearce was considered to be one of the best snowboarders in the world, right up there with Shaun White. Pearce was training for the Olympics in Park City, Utah, when his toe got caught and he fell face-first into the half pipe. He was unconscious and remained in the ICU for weeks. The film was pretty interesting because it followed his recovery and the difficulties that come with an injury like the one he sustained. There are many people who don’t realize that his recovery will be a lifelong process. Snowboarding was his entire life, so adapting to life without it is obviously very trying.
On a personal level, it was a difficult documentary to watch. It brought back vivid memories of the day that Kendra died. From seeing the actual crash to the hospital footage, it was all too reminiscent of February 1, 2014.
I definitely recommend it for anyone interested in skiing, snowboarding, or anyone who has an interest in learning more about traumatic brain injuries.