News broke across social media yesterday that up-and-coming snowboard star Brock Crouch had been seriously injured in a backcountry avalanche Sunday in Whistler, British Columbia while filming with Absinthe Films.
So far, there hasn't been much in the way of definitive detail on what happened to the 18-year-old Californian boarder, but according to an Instagram post from his older brother, professional golfer Mike Glennie, Crouch may be lucky just to be alive right now.
"Feeling extra grateful today," Glennie captioned the above post. "For everyone wondering what happened, Mother Nature turned on one of my best friends yesterday. Brock was in the Canadian back country living life to the fullest when an avalanche had other plans. He was pulled off an 80ft cliff and upon landing, buried for 5 minutes before help got to him. He broke his back (T12-L1-L2) lost some teeth, busted up his face, then was buried alive. I know you stared death in the face yesterday brother but you also lived to talk about it."
Instagram has been flooded with posts showing support for Crouch, as well as thanks for pro snowboarder John Jackson–who apparently was on the shoot with Crouch and played an integral part in the avalanche rescue operation. TGR has reached out to Jackson and others who appear to have been present when the avalanche occurred for comment, and will publish whatever additional information we receive.
In the meantime, we here at Teton Gravity Research want to send our thoughts our to Brock Crouch and wish him luck in his recovery.