A Paralympian’s Perspective: One-Year After the Vancouver Games

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Flash forward to the March 2010, the Paralympics Games in Whistler. The hype is insane and had been for the year leading up to the games. The crowds are huge, more than any of us athletes had ever seen. The energy was out of the world! Finally my moment had arrived to compete on the ultimate world stage... and the greatest sense of calm came over me. My objective coming into the games was not about personal accomplishment or glory or any of that; it was all about creating a sense of unity and community amongst those that matter most to me. I looked down into the crowd and knew that I had already done what I had set out to do... the connection I share with my friends and family was LOUD and clear!!! The only thing left was to do what I love to do... just SKI. The rest is now history... a story that I hope will be shared for years to come.

One-year later, the morale of the story is to find your passions and live your dreams; embrace the unexpected and see each of life's challenges as an opportunity waiting to be seized.

Go to Paralympic.ca to watch this memorable event.

Josh Dueck

Working as head coach of the Silver Star Freestyle Ski Club in Vernon, Josh was preparing students for the 2004 Canadian junior nationals. On a demonstration jump, he was too fast and overshot the landing hill. He dropped 100 feet, breaking his back and flipping his world upside-down. At 23, Josh was paralyzed from the waist down.

Just nine months after the fall, Josh was back on the hill. Since then, he has been an international winner for the Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team, winning a world championship in 2009 and a Paralympic silver medal at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. For more information, go to www.paralympic.ca or check out Josh's blog at: http://raiseyourhand.com/blog/author/josh/

Organizations: Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team

Geographic location: Vernon, Apex Mountain, Whistler Silver Star

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