Another U.S. Olympic Snowboarding hopeful has seen his chances at glory destroyed by injury. Following Kevin Pearce's traumatic brain injury suffered in a halfpipe training accident on December 31st, Danny Davis had dedicated his season to his friend while posting impressive results, including winning a Grand Prix halfpipe event and a Winter Dew Tour halfpipe event. He was all but assured a spot on the U.S. Olympic squad, until he crashed a four-wheeler into a closed metal gate around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Davis was knocked unconscious, and suffered an injury to one of the vertebrae in his back. He was scheduled for surgery early Monday morning.
With yet another big name American knocked out of the running, it's now up to stalwarts Shaun White and Louie Vito to carry the torch at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. The remaining members of the team will be decided this coming weekend in Park City, Utah.