josh Dueck's life changed dramatically in 2004, when he became paralyzed from the waist down in a skiing accident. But he not only kept the "freedom" he enjoys on the slopes, aboard a sit-ski, he excelled in competitions and pioneered backcountry skiing on the device. This past week he achieved another remarkable milestone: performing the first documented back flip in the snow on a sit-ski (fast-forward to the 2-minute mark to see the trick).
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That performance, at Whistler-Blackcomb resort in British Columbia, fulfilled a dream eight years in the making for Dueck, who has named his sit-ski the Freedom Chair and stars in a documentary with the same title.
In a recent interview he said, "The sensations that I get from movement in my freedom chair are so much greater than any of the sensations I had a an able-bodied skier. It's so much more liberating and freeing."
The flip must also have represented a redemption of sorts, as the accident that left with a broken back as a paraplegic, when he was 23, occurred during an attempted front flip.