Snowboarder Kevin Pearce on his crash, recovery, new documentary film, ‘The Crash Reel,’ and the X-Games culture


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On Friday night, Kevin Pearce came to Newport, R.I., for a screening of a sports documentary about his own young life. That he was even able to conduct a Q&A after “The Crash Reel” is a remarkable story.

Pearce is the professional snowboarder from Hartland, Vt., who was a favorite to medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, only to sustain a devastating crash in his final training days on Dec. 31, 2009, in Park City, Utah.

Was it difficult to watch the film yourself?

It’s cool to share the power of healing. It was really cool for me to see the film. So much of it I don’t remmeber. I don’t recall those times. That first month I was in critical care, I don’t remember any of that. To see the stuff and what my family had to go through, and what I put them through, it’s amazing to see that. It gave me a different point of view.

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