Paralympic Committee congratulates Sochi 2014 flag bearer

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(ISN) – OTTAWA, – The Canadian Paralympic Committee is proud to congratulate three-time Paralympic medallist Josh Dueck (Kimberley, B.C), a champion and trailblazer in para-alpine skiing, who announced his retirement earlier today.

           Josh Dueck (Kimberley, B.C) Photo: Scott Grant / CPC

Dueck won gold and silver medals at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games and was named Team Canada’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony. He also won a silver medal at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games. In 2012, Dueck became the world’s first sit-skier to complete a backflip on snow.

“Josh is the epitome of a champion, both on and off the ski hill,” said Gaétan Tardif, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. “As an athlete relentlessly seeking excellence, and as a spokesperson in sharing his story with so many audiences, Josh is truly a role model for all Canadians. We wish him well in retirement and know he will continue to have a positive impact on Canadian sport.”

Dueck, 33, penned a heartfelt open letter to Canadians, reflecting on his career, his next steps and thanking his supporters. It can be viewed at his blog joshdueck.com.

“The life of a ski racer is extremely fun, totally exhilarating and pretty scary at times,” Dueck wrote. “To be your best is an incredible commitment of time and energy. My priorities are no longer what they once were, I no longer dream of being the fastest skier in the world.

“The dream has changed and taken shape of a little girl, my daughter, Nova and my beautiful wife, Lacey. So, the time has come to retire from competition and redirect my energy on family, community and new adventures.”

Dueck is working on a book about redefining what’s possible, as told through his personal experiences. He also plans to stay involved as an ambassador for para-alpine skiing through coaching, mentoring, and helping to test and develop equipment for upcoming athletes. Dueck will pursue his passion for freeskiing as an athlete at the upcoming XGames and by filming projects like the award-winning documentary, The Freedom Chair.

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