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Josh Dueck

Josh Dueck

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A former freestyle skiing coach who first experienced skiing while on a school field trip in Grade 11, Dueck broke his back in 2004 when he overshot a demonstration jump and was told he would have to “rock the world” in a wheelchair. As an ace sit-skier, Dueck has done just that, winning gold in Mono Skier X at the 2011 X Games, bronze at the 2012 X Games and picking up silver in slalom at the 2010 Paralympics. He has WON multiple IPC World Cup podiums and is the 2009 world downhill champion.

Sochi is Dueck’s second Paralympic Games. At the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games he was a silver medalist in slalom, placed fifth in downhill and 13th in super-G.

In February 2012, Dueck shot to international acclaim when he went upside-down and became the first sit-skier to complete a backflip on snow – earning him world-wide notoriety and an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The Kimberley, B.C., native is a powder hound when not racing, and has gone cat-skiing and heli-skiing with his sit-ski. He is a vocal advocate for workplace safety and accessibility in sport, and in 2013 gave a TED Talk about his experiences.

Dueck credits much of his success to his wife, Lacey, with whom he welcomed their first child last year. Off the slopes, Dueck is a yoga enthusiast and the vice-president of the Live It! Love It! Foundation, which provides outdoor adaptive adventure opportunities for people with disabilities.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gold – Mono Skier X – Winter X Games – Aspen, USA (2011)
  • 2nd – Slalom – Paralympic Winter Games – Vancouver, B.C. (2010)
  • World champion – Downhill – IPC World Championships – Jeongseon, Korea (2009)
  • Eight-time national champion

HISTORICAL  CONTEXT

In 2012 Dueck became the first person in the world to complete a backflip in a sit-ski.

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2014 SochiPara-Alpine SkiingSuper Combined - Sitting - Mengold
2014 SochiPara-Alpine SkiingDownhill - Sitting - Mensilver
2010 Vancouver - ParalympicPara-Alpine SkiingSlalom - Sitting - Mensilver

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Para-Alpine Skiing Super Combined - Sitting - Men 1
2014 Sochi Para-Alpine Skiing Downhill - Sitting - Men 2
2010 Vancouver - Paralympic Para-Alpine Skiing Slalom - Sitting - Men 2
Info
Born January 13, 1981
BirthplaceKimberley, British Columbia, Canada
Height173 cm
Weight68 kg
Residence Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Games Attended

2014 Sochi

Para-Alpine Skiing

2010 Vancouver - Paralympic

Para-Alpine Skiing