Josh Dueck

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Josh Dueck solidified himself as a star on the Canadian Para-alpine team in 2014 with a double medal performance at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.  Dueck took gold in the super combined and silver in the downhill. He was named Canada’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony. Also in the 2013-14 season, he collected victories in the super combined and Super G at a World Cup in Italy and was runner up in the Super G at the Panorama World Cup stop.  He retired from competition on November 13, 2014.

Dueck is a former freestyle skiing coach who first experienced skiing while on a school field trip in Grade 11. He broke his back in 2004 (his silver in Sochi was won on the 10th anniversary of his accident) when he overshot a demonstration jump. As an ace sit-skier, he revitalized his career, winning gold in Mono Skier X at the 2011 X Games and bronze at the 2012 X Games. Dueck has won multiple IPC World Cup podiums and is the 2009 world downhill champion.

Sochi was Dueck’s second Paralympic Games. At the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games he was a silver medalist in slalom, placed fifth in downhill and 13th in Super G.

In February 2012, he shot to international acclaim when he went upside-down and became the first sit-skier to complete a backflip on snow – earning him world-wide notoriety and an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The Kimberley, B.C., native is a powder hound when not racing, and has gone cat-skiing and heli-skiing with his sit-ski. He is a vocal advocate for workplace safety and accessibility in sport, and in 2013 gave a TED Talk about his experiences.

Dueck credits much of his success to his wife, Lacey, with whom he welcomed their first child last year. Off the slopes, he is a yoga enthusiast and the vice-president of the Live It! Love It! Foundation, which provides outdoor adaptive adventure opportunities for people with disabilities.


  • Gold – Super combined – Paralympic Games, Russia (2014)

  • Silver – Downhill – Paralympic Games, Russia (2014)

  • Gold – Mono Skier X – Winter X Games – Aspen, USA (2011)

  • 2nd – Slalom – Paralympic Winter Games – Vancouver, B.C. (2010)

  • World champion – Downhill – IPC World Championships – Jeongseon, Korea (2009)

  • Eight-time national champion


In 2012 Dueck became the first person in the world to complete a backflip in a sit-ski.


2014 Sochi ParalympicsPara-Alpine SkiingSuper Combined - Sitting - Mengold
2014 Sochi ParalympicsPara-Alpine SkiingDownhill - Sitting - Mensilver
2010 Vancouver ParalympicsPara-Alpine SkiingSlalom - Sitting - Mensilver


Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Downhill - Sitting - Men 2
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Super Combined - Sitting - Men 1
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Downhill - Sitting - Men 5
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Super G - Sitting - Men 13
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Slalom - Sitting - Men 2
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Super Combined - Sitting - Men 19