This is one of those videos that will just make you smile all night long. Such a postive, heartwarming story.
In 2004, Canadian skier Josh Dueck severed his spinal cord on a jump at Silver Star Resort in British Columbia, Canada. The accident left him as a T11, or fully paraplegic from the waist down. Rather than just giving up on the sport he loved because of his disability, Dueck went on to blaze trails on a sit-ski, or mono-ski, which allowed him to steer his way down the slopes with torso movement. Over the past eight years, Dueck has gone on to win an Winter X Games gold medal, a Paralympics silver medal, and a para-Alpine world championship medal. GrindTV collected some fantastic quotes from Dueck about the sports in a November 2011 profile:
"I was impressionable and scared beyond words, but after what the doctor told me I was able to drive forward," Dueck said in an interview. "That was the reflex for a couple of years and what unfolded was nothing short of sensational, and nothing short of magical. I would have never predicted my life would have been so fulfilling and rewarding in any capacity, with or without a disability."
"The sensations that I get from movement in my freedom chair is so much greater than any of the sensations I had as an able-bodied skier," he said. "It's so much more liberating and freeing."
This past week he was able to put another incredible accomplishment on his resume, becoming the first person to do a back flip in the sit-ski at Whistler-Blackcomb. Salomon's Freeski TV doc*mented the moment in the awesome video above. Below, watch "The Freedom Chair," an inspirational eight-minute doc*mentary about Dueck's incredible story. And Josh, congratulations on such a cool "first" from the whole BroBible team. We'll make sure you get on the Bro of the Week list, for sure.
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