Snowboarder Kevin Pearce moved to Denver hospital

Snowboarder Kevin Pearce has been transferred to a Denver

hospital specializing in brain injuries.

Pearce banged his head on the halfpipe during practice Dec. 31

and was taken to University of Utah hospital.

An update Thursday says Pearce is making “excellent strides”

since the accident left him in critical condition. He has been

moved to Craig Hospital – considered to have one of the top rehab

facilities for people with traumatic brain injuries.

Doctors at the Utah hospital say Pearce is able to walk and

perform daily activities with assistance. They describe his

progress as “tremendous.”