Only two months before the Winter Olympics in Sochi! Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Skiing, Bobsled, Luge…what’s your favorite sport? Mine is Snowboarding. I was captivated with this sport when Shaun White won the gold in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic Games. He was nicknamed “The Flying Tomato” because of his head full of red hair soaring in the air. Shaun White was a household name…a phenomenon. But, maybe you haven’t heard before all the glory of winning competitions or a Gold medal, there was a secret daunting rival. It was Shaun’s childhood friend and former roommate, Kevin Pearce. I didn’t even know who he was until I watched the documentary film, “Crash Reel,” and learned that he was an accomplished snowboarder who won first place in competition after competition, until a tragic accident turned the tables. While training for the 2010 Olympics, just two months away, Kevin went snowboarding in the pipeline, took a fall and suffered a traumatic brain injury. In a coma for one month, Kevin clung to life–he fought to come back. Though he was disappointed that he didn’t make it to the Olympics, he was more devastated when the doctors told him he could never snowboard again. It’s difficult to let it go. Kevin will never give up on his dream. We may someday hear about Kevin–back on the slopes, doing what he loves the best…Snowboarding! Or we may see him reinventing himself and his passions in Gold Medal Olympic ways! His drive and strength eclipse any world renowned fame! Life can be hard to understand, I draw personal strength from unsung and forgotten heroes like Kevin Pearce!