Another Frend falls…Danny Davis out of Olympics, breaks back in ATV accident

SNB_SP_mens_podium The FRENDS snowboarding crew have been hit with another devastating injury.

Danny Davis, considered by many to be Shaun White's biggest competition at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics since Davis' fellow Frend member Kevin Pearce fell and suffered a severe brain injury on New Years Eve, has now been sidelined himself for the remainder of 2010.

21-year-old Davis suffered an L3 spinal fracture early Sunday morning when the ATV he was in hit a closed metal gate and threw him from the vehicle. It was not clear if he or his friend, also injured and treated, had been driving. He had been out with friends celebrating his victory at the second stop on the Winter Dew Tour earlier that day. He was scheduled to have spinal surgery today in Salt Lake City.

No charges are expected to be filed in the accident, and authorities have declined to say whether or not alcohol was involved.

We will continue to update our fans on this story – many of you know I'm a rabid snowboarding fan, and I am just heartsick that these horrific injuries continue to happen. At least this one was NOT in the halfpipe.

With White already guaranteed a spot on the US Olympic team, and with Davis and Pearce out, the most likely to make the team are Louie Vito and Steve Fisher, with a fourth spot still wide open, and several others gunning for it, including Matt Ladley,  2002 Olympic Bronze medalist JJ Thomas,  2006 team member – and Frends crew member – Mason Aguerre, and fellow Frend Scotty Lago.

Danny's family is setting up a Facebook site for his recovery, and as soon as I get something on the address, I will post it here.

DannyD, best wishes – get well soon!