Several years ago, snowboarder Kevin Pearce was injured in a half-pipe accident that put him out commission. I just came across an updated article about him:
On New Year’s Eve 2009, five days before the 2010 Olympic snowboarding trials, 22-year-old Kevin Pearce was training in Park City, Utah, when he slammed his forehead into the icy wall of a half-pipe during a practice run, suffering brain trauma so severe he had to relearn how to walk and talk.
“I look like a dead man,” Pearce told Outside magazine in 2011 while viewing a photo of his limp body at the bottom of the pipe. “I look like a … corpse.”
Apparently, there’s a movie on HBO about it – The Crash Reel
It looks like you can download it. I think I will…