Josh Dueck is 1st person to land backflip in sit ski

Wed, Feb 8

Imagine if you will this scenario. In 2004, freeskier Josh Dueck crashed doing something he'd been comfortable doing a thousand times before. He woke from the slam only to find he'd lost half of his bodily control, paralyzed from the waist down and mentally devastated to find himself no longer able to do what he once did.

Now imagine this. Imagine that same skier believes he can return to flight. Imagine returning with half the body to the exact same flight that had changed his life forever. Imagine the fear that comes along with the thought, "The last time I did something like this, I ended up in this wheelchair." And then imagine saying, "But this time, I've got it."

That's what Josh Dueck just did. In 2004 he was left paralyzed after an overshot frontflip over a jump in Vernon, BC. On Feb. 3, Dueck became the first person to perform a backflip on snow in a sit ski.

Dueck, the 2011 gold medalist at Winter X Games Mono Skier X, recently earned a bronze medal in Mono Skier X at the 2012 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo. He was also the star of a recent film, "Freedom Chair," which earned Best Documentary at the 2012 Powder Video Awards.