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Colby Stevenson’s new project strikes a sensitive nerve

For most of us, a traumatic brain injury due to a horrific car accident would certainly slow us down. For Colby Stevenson, it put everything into perspective. In 2016, Stevenson’s life, as well as his professional ski career, were nearly taken from him after he fell asleep at the wheel and rolled the truck he had been driving. Multiple—read, 30—fractures to his face and skull and unrelenting bouts of vertigo and memory loss plagued the then 18-year-old X-Games hopeful and left doctors unsure of his recovery. NERVE, a nine-minute film directed by Clayton Vila, is Stevenson’s remarkable comeback story and how a single moment changed everything for the young athlete. Now a two-time X Games Gold Medalist and Olympic contender, Stevenson is able to look at the crash in the rearview with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for everything he has, and has yet, to accomplish—both in life and on skis.

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