SALT LAKE CITY -- Snowboarder Danny Davis has been admitted to a Utah hospital with a back injury he endured in a non-snowboarding accident.
Davis was likely to make the U.S. Olympic team in halfpipe. He was admitted to the hospital after an ATV accident on Sunday morning, the day after he won the Winter Dew Tour halfpipe contest at Snowbasin in Utah.
Davis underwent surgery Monday to repair an L3 spine fracture resulting from the accident. He is expected to make a full recovery, but will not compete in any remaining snowboarding events this season.
Davis is good friends with Kevin Pearce, the snowboarder who was injured Dec. 31 in practice and is in a Salt Lake City hospital in serious condition with a head injury.
About a week after Pearce's injury, Davis won a Snowboarding Grand Prix event in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. He won with what is already being regarded as one of the best halfpipe runs in the history of the sport -- a performance he dedicated to Pearce.