We just learned about upcoming HBO documentary The Crash Reel, based on the story of U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce, his traumatic brain injury, and his recovery. If you live in or near Washington, DC, you can enjoy screenings in:
- AFI Silver Spring: Thursday June 20th, Friday June 21st
- Natural Museum of American History: Thursday June 20th
Description: Training to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin suffered severe traumatic brain injury from a 2009 accident in Park City, Utah. His tight-knit Vermont family flew to his side, and together they began an intensive process of trying to rehabilitate him and help him rebuild his permanently damaged life. Kevin’s determination and the tireless support of family and friends kept him focused on recovery. But when he insisted he wanted to return to the sport he loved, his family objected. As an elite athlete, Kevin was a professional risk taker, but as a brain-injury survivor, his skills were now impaired, and even a small blow to the head could kill him.
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