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Yea Josh! 

http://www.grindtv.com/snow/blog/32653/josh+dueck+becomes+first+paraplegic+skier+to+complete+a+back+flip/

 

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.

post #2 of 8

His hucks and pillow lines are outstanding too.

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His hucks and pillow lines are outstanding too.


 

Amazing

post #4 of 8

Very impressive. It does seem like there is a near-collision when he hucks that pillow at 0:35 -- maybe they planned it that way?

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Very impressive. It does seem like there is a near-collision when he hucks that pillow at 0:35 -- maybe they planned it that way?



yea that is a highlight clip for sure.  0:35

post #6 of 8

Very, very cool video.  icon14.gif
 

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Very impressive. It does seem like there is a near-collision when he hucks that pillow at 0:35 -- maybe they planned it that way?


For sure it was planned.  It's a variation on the old ski-under/jump-over footage that's been used in ski films for a long time.  

 

post #7 of 8

Inspiring.

post #8 of 8

When I worked at WB, we watched a video of Josh in our new hire orientation session talking about his accident--I assume the point was a reality check for the kids on skiing safely. I'm so happy that he's moved into such a positive space again and really become an innovator in sitskiing.

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