Kevin Pearce will carry the torch for the American team at the Sochi Games in Russia on Feb. 7.
Pearce, a professional snowboarder and Hartland native, was a front-runner in competing in the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 before suffering a traumatic brain injury just two months before the competition.
Pearce was in a coma for a week and when he woke up, he had to learn how to walk, eat and talk again.
Pearce will never snowboard the way he used to, but he has become a motivational speaker and advocate for wearing helmets. Pearce shared his injury and recovery experiences in the Crash Reel.
Read more about Pearce’s injury here