Josh Dueck

Paralympic Legend

2014 Paralympic Gold Medalist
Canada's Closing Ceremonies Flag Bearer, Sochi 2014
2014 and 2010 Paralympic Silver Medalist
2011 X Games Gold Medalist
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Recipient
First person to perform a backflip on a sit-ski
Social Followers: Facebook, 5,270; Instagram, 4,390; Twitter, 3,730

Some spirits are simply unbreakable.

In 2004, Josh was in a life-changing freestyle skiing accident that left him as a T11 full paraplegic.

From his hospital bed with the long months of recovery ahead, it was the initial encouragement from his now-mentor Rick Hansen that helped Josh re-dedicate his life to freedom, adventure and helping those that could learn from his example.

By 2009, Josh was the Para-Alpine World Champion, he won a sliver medal in Vancouver 2010 and an X Games gold medal in 2011.

Then, came the backflip.

After a year of planning and progression, Josh, his close friends and a film crew, lead by legendary ski industry director Mike Douglas, ventured into the Whistler backcountry to build a jump that would help safely land the first backflip on a sit-ski.

On a perfect blue-bird day in February 2012, Josh hit the jump, soared upside down and landed in the soft-snow below.

It also landed Josh on the Ellen Degeneres Show and gained international attention on YouTube with over 900,000 views.

In Sochi 2014, Josh's story continued to inspire.

On the 10th anniversary of his accident, he won a Paralympic silver medal for Canada. 

Days later, he won gold in the Super Combined to become Paralympic Champion and was honoured as Canada's Flag Bearer for the Closing Ceremonies.

Like the backflip, his story has come full circle.

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