SALT LAKE CITY, UT (January 6, 2010) Although snowboarder Kevin Pearce has a
long recovery ahead of him, his doctors are “cautiously” optimistic given
his current progress.  Kevin has been upgraded from critical to serious
condition according to his doctors at the University of Utah Hospital and
this is a very big step in Kevin's recovery process.

One of Kevin's doctors, Holly Ledyard, M.D., a Neurointensivist (a physician
with specialized education and training in critical neurological conditions)
at University of Utah Health Care remains positive about
Kevin's condition, "Kevin is in serious condition and remains in intensive
care at University of Utah Hospital. We've been able to remove his breathing
tube, and he is slowly regaining consciousness and able to follow commands.
While we're pleased that he's improving faster than anticipated, he still
has a long recovery ahead of him."

With this news Kevin's family remains optimistic and grateful for all of
the support being shown by his doctors, nurses, friends, family and fans
from all over the world.  Kevin’s Facebook Fan page, Well Wishes to our
Frend Kevin Pearce
, is still the preferred site for people posting their
get-well wishes and for getting the most current and reliable information.