As the mother of a young competitive snowboarder I take offense to your recent comments on ABC news. I find your comments to be based on opinion. Have you covered any major events in snowboarding? Is there no one more qualified to comment on this sport at ABC than you? Did you consult any experts in the sport before you spoke on its behalf?
Yes snowboarding is an Olympic sport of extremes just as luge, bobsledding and ski racing. What about non Olympic sports such as football and race car driving? To advance in ANY sport means to push the envelope. All sports would stay stagnant if nobody tried to do better, or more. This injury was unfortunate. Kevin Pearce is a talented athlete and a hardworking and dedicated athlete in the sport of snowboarding. He is not a reckless renegade working for his sponsors benefit or for a television station to earn better ratings. He was well trained, capable and was wearing a helmet.
Snowboarding is a legitimate Olympic sport. It is in the Olympics and enjoyed by MANY because it is exciting, difficult and because the athletes take such joy and pride in not only their accomplishments but those of their fellow competitors. Such joy and good sportsmanship is something that is lacking in most sports. Watching the sportsmanship of these talented athletes is what draws people to this sport. It receives good ratings not only because of its extreme nature but because of its dedicated and gifted athletes who strive daily to better themselves in a sport people love to watch.
You missed the mark on this commentary. You could have turned one families tragedy into a segment that showed the hard work and dedication of an Olympic caliber athlete. It could have been a piece that told of a sport that like many is constantly progressing and with the dangers come victory. I have no doubt the world will tune to the upcoming winter Olympics and the sport of snowboarding and see it for the athletic, exciting and progressive sport that it is.
Kevin Pearce may have suffered a setback with his injury. I have not doubt however that this talented young man will be back to the sport he loves and that the world and the athletes of snowboarding will continue to rally behind him to make sure he does even after the television ratings are over. I suggest you get on board.