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Kevin Pearce, through the years

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Kevin Pearce

Photograph By Dean Blotto Gray

Many people in the world outside of snowboarding came to know Kevin Pearce through news of the traumatic brain injury he sustained on the way to the 2010 Olympics. In stories he's been framed as Shaun White's greatest rival in halfpipe. But Pearce was more than that: He was (and still is) a snowboarder's snowboarder.