Pearce moved from critical care |

Pearce moved from critical care

AP report

SALT LAKE CITY and#8212; Injured snowboarder Kevin Pearce was set to be transferred out of critical care at University of Utah hospital, a positive sign in his recovery from a severe head injury.

An update provided by his family Monday said Pearce, injured when he hit his head on the halfpipe during practice on Dec. 31 in Park City, would move from critical care to the Neuro Acute Care unit.

The update said Pearce is making steady progress and that, quote, and#8220;his sense of humor and optimism are apparent as he begins his rehabilitation.and#8221;

Considered a top contender for the Olympics, Pearce was practicing a double-cork move and#8212; one of the toughest tricks in the halfpipe and#8212; when he hurt himself.