Champion Snowboarder & Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor
In the blink of an eye, Kevin Pearce went from being an Olympic gold medal hopeful to suffering a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) that nearly took his life. As a champion snowboarder once considered the key rival to Shaun White, Kevin earned back-to-back victories at The Oakley Arctic Challenge and two Air & Style Victories in 2007 and 2008. He went on to become a silver medalist with a thrilling performance at the 2009 Winter X Games. By 2010, Kevin was considered a gold medal contender in the Winter Olympics. Then, tragedy struck. In a devastating training accident, Kevin suffered the traumatic brain injury that would change his life forever. Read More >
The Crash Reel - Official Trailer
A Brain Injury Is like a Fingerprint, No Two Are Alike
Champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s epic rise, life-changing fall and inspiring road to recovery were chronicled in The Crash Reel, the acclaimed HBO documentary by Oscar-nominated director, Lucy Walker. With dramatic footage from the film that brings his moving story to life, Kevin shares his stellar snowboarding career before the crash and his spiritual and physical journey to accept and overcome his traumatic brain injury. This is an unforgettable story of family, strength, determination and the triumph of the human spirit in overcoming even the greatest challenges.
Six months in a coma. Three months in the hospital. Years of intensive therapy. Kevin’s challenging road to recovery since his 2010 accident has included tremors, eye surgeries, physical and psychotherapy, and a journey that continues to this day. Kevin personalizes the perspective of a patient recovering from traumatic brain injury, providing inspiration to TBI patients and valuable insights to caregivers. He also highlights why it is important to “Love Your Brain,” sharing his own regiment of diet, meditation, yoga and exercise. This moving presentation illuminates the patient journey through Kevin’s experience. It also reminds those who work in healthcare of their very special calling — and the extraordinary difference that they can make every day.
Kevin Pearce’s recovery isn’t just a story of his own perseverance and strength. It is also the story of the dedicated healthcare professionals that were there with him every step of the way — and the extraordinary family that stood by him from the time he awoke from his coma to this day. Sharing scenes from The Crash Reel, Kevin celebrates the contributions of his caregivers and how they inspired his own commitment to give back. This includes Kevin’s touching relationship with his brother, David, born with Down Syndrome, and the tireless support of his mother, Pia. A heart-touching presentation that celebrates the love of family, salutes the contributions of caregivers and honors the healthcare professionals that transform lives.
"Thank you again for coming to share your wisdom, strength and hope with all of us. I have been a Pediatric RN for 30 years and specialized in TBI and Spinal Cord Injury. I learned so much from your talk tonight that will serve me in such a positive way both personally and professionally. Thank you again and again for being who you are and teaching us all what so many forget is important: To Love Your Brain. Sending much love and gratitude."
"Thank you, thank you, thank you! The time you spent with us at Millbrook was so incredibly moving and memorable. Your sense of humor, your gratitude and perseverance, and your kindness gave me so much hope. My entire family, as well as the Millbrook community, was in awe of you. You reminded us to be hopeful and positive and never let anyone say you “can't” or “won't.” I am honored that you took the time to visit Millbrook. The students have been talking about you nonstop since. Thank you for your time, your message, and sharing so much love."
"Thank you for your time and energy. You connected with our students in ways no speaker before you has been able to do. I think the biggest takeaway from your visit to Salisbury and Berkshire is that we want to get involved, we want to be part of your movement in Loving the Brain. These kids are bright, motivated, and get so fired up when the school gets someone like you that actually cares about them."
"Thank you for bringing out so many smiles in our community today. Your presentation put the kids and faculty in a great mood. I'm still processing your story, everything you went through, and how incredible your family was throughout - especially your brother. We are so lucky to have people like you willing to share their stories in this crazy world. Feeling so damn #BLESSED to have met you. I always love when the community can take a moment together, breathe and appreciate the truly good things we have in our lives. Keep doing the good work and hope our paths cross again soon."
"Kevin! We know we said it about 25 times already today but again THANK YOU for an amazing morning with our students. It meant the world to us and them. Everyone was talking about you ALL DAY. You have made a bigger impact on our school than you will ever truly know."
"Thank you so much for coming to Springfield College! You did such an awesome job and we are grateful that you were able to come speak at our school. Everyone that I have spoken to after the event has had nothing but amazing things to say about you and your presentation. So many students have come up to me these past few days and told me how much you inspired them, how they never thought to meditate, but now are going to (one student said that he felt the love and the power of meditation when you guided us through one) and that they had such a great time listening to you speak. One professor even told me that out of all the speaking events at Springfield College she has been to, your presentation was the best one and she said she could say that others felt that way as well. I really wanted you to hear this feedback and for you to know how many lives you truly inspire. I am so grateful to have had the chance to get to know you. Thanks again for everything!"
"Kevin’s presentation was WONDERFUL! It was so evident that Kevin has put in a lot of work to be a great public speaker. So many people came up to me after the conference to say that they thought he was the best keynote we have ever had, so a huge congratulations to Kevin on that. Hopefully one day we can have Kevin back. Thank you for all of your help over the last few months getting all the details sorted."
"Thank you for your talk last evening. We've had great speakers before but never have we had the kind of feedback that we had last night and this morning. To have so many students marvel at your experience and for some to say "that's the best speaker I have ever heard" will be takeaways our community will forever hold. You instantly connected with these students, gave them a time to press pause and understand an incredible message.
I have had countless students approach me today asking questions and reveling in that one hour that you gave us which became an experience of a lifetime. Your thoughts on mindfulness, positive thinking for your brain and valuing all that life has to offer resonated with everyone in the room and your sense of humor kept everyone relaxed and engaged. With so many teenagers taking risks, it was critical for them to hear how important it is to protect yourself, love your mind, love yourself and focus on the big picture. Your extraordinary journey as a family is an inspiration and we are all so touched by your warmth as people. Thank you so much, we are so grateful to have had you here."
"We are FRIENDS indeed! Thank you so much for your amazing support last night. Your speech was very impactful, your answers to the questions thoughtful and honest, and you had the crowd completely engaged. We are so happy with the outcome."
"I wanted to personally thank you again for coming to speak at our university. We have never had such a big turn out or positive response from an event like we did tonight. Everyone left saying such positive things about how this changed their outlook on healthcare and brain injuries. We don't get much exposure discussions about brain injuries, so your perspective was refreshing and informative."
"Your visit to our campus was awesome for us. For me personally, I count it as an incredible privilege to have met you—someone who has reached the very highest level of your sport, and who also works to make the world a better place. I want you to know your accomplishments and your messages are both inspirational, to me and our whole community here on campus. Everyone I’ve talked with about you has commented on the tangible positive energy you brought to the room. For kids who have had concussions and had self doubt, your talk was so important. And for all of us, the messages of positivity, of gratitude, and of patience, are so important."