In 2004, alpine skier Josh Dueck was involved in a serious ski accident that left his back broken, making him paraplegic. He didn’t give up – skiing was in his blood – so over time he used a sit-ski instead to resume his love of the sport.
He looks amazing in the video. Totally amazing, like he’s flying over the snow – a human bird – a snow bird.
It’s admirable he found the courage to come back to it. Some people wouldn’t.
One of Josh’s desires was to be able to do what he used to: inverted aerials. He wanted to do a backflip in his sit-ski. The inspiration for that came when he was skiing in a room and did a backflip onto the foam.
And so he practiced some more, taking it outside, backflipping and landing on a large airbag. “And then it was on”, as he said – he was ready for the big time, he was ready to backflip and land on snow.
Powder Mountain, Canada. Josh hurls beautifully through the air, him and his sit-ski as one, backflipping, landing confidently on the snow, raising his arms jubilantly!
This had been eight years in the making. He’d wanted to perform this feat since his accident.
Also, as it goes, he was the first person to ever backflip on a sit-ski too!
This is an incredible story of human perseverance, human spirit and of the sheer strength of dreams.