Paralympic flame burns bright in Josh Dueck
For the first time since 2010, Canada’s team for the Paralympic Winter Games will not include sit-skier extraordinaire Josh Dueck.
Dueck retired after a standout double medal performance at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. He took gold in the super combined and silver in the downhill. He was named Canada’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony.
At Vancouver-Whistler four years earlier, he burst on the scene with a silver medal in slalom.
‘’It feels amazing,’’ said the 37-year-old Dueck when asked about not being a competitor in PyeongChang. ‘’I’m so excited to see the Games from a new perspective. I’m excited to see our athletes shine as they compete at their highest level.”
Dueck will still be rubbing shoulders in March with the world’s best winter Para athletes in the Korean hills and arenas. He is on the ground in PyeongChang as part of the broadcasting team with CBC television, a role he will fulfill for the first time in his career.
‘’I am stoked to have the opportunity to share the athletes stories and communicate the value of sport through this platform. The Paralympic movement shows how the power of sport has the ability to elevate the human spirit beyond the physical body.’’
CBC’s English-language coverage of PyeongChang 2018 will include daily television broadcasts throughout the 10-day event, including live coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as multiple live competition streams each day.
Radio-Canada’s French-language coverage will also include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as live-streaming competition coverage and television broadcasts each weekend.
Of course Dueck will share his expertize on the Para alpine events but he is also keen to examine Para Nordic amongst all the Paralympic disciplines.
‘’I’m fascinated these days by the Nordic discipline,’’ he said. ‘’I’ve taken up Nordic in the last couple of years to stay fit. I had never done it before and I absolutely love it. I even went to Canmore in December to cheer on all the Canadians at the World Cup.
‘’I was blown away by the intensity and excitement of those disciplines.’’
Based in Vernon, B.C., Dueck remains a popular public speaker with demands from across North America. He also participates in numerous fundraisers and fulfills many coaching requests in both the Paralympic and able bodied streams.
But nothing brings more joy to Dueck and his wife Lacey than raising their two children: four-year-old daughter Nova and one-year-old son Hudson. And yes, Nova is already donning the skis.
‘’I spent 20 years in sport and now I’m just getting my feet wet as a parent.
‘’I’m loving being a Dad.”