Pearce, who was raised in Norwich, Vt., hoped to make worldwide headlines at the Winter Games by landing the most creative and difficult tricks in the sport. In a November interview with the Globe, he talked excitedly about what it would take to win gold.
"It's going to take something people have never seen before," said Pearce. "If you can do a trick that no one else can do, that's going to be a huge way to set you apart."
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