Josh Dueck

Josh Dueck

Paralympic Gold Medalist and Flag Bearer

Some spirits are simply unbreakable. In 2004, a harrowing freestyle skiing accident left Josh Dueck paralyzed from the waist down. While his spinal cord may have been damaged, his determination to continue in the sport he loved was not. Just five years after sustaining his injuries, Josh became the 2009 Para-Alpine World Champion. He then took a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Games, and—perhaps most poignantly—won a silver medal on the 10th anniversary of his accident at the 2014 Olympic Games. Days later, he won another medal—this time a gold—and was named Canada’s Flag Bearer at the Games. Sharing his incredible story of resiliency, Josh inspires audiences the world over to embrace adversity, celebrate community and to achieve their dreams.

In addition to his World Champion titles and Olympic medals, Josh won gold in Mono Skier X at the 2011 X Games, bronze at the 2012 X Games. He has also won multiple IPC World Cup podiums, and was the first athlete to land a backflip on a sit-ski, a move that attracted so much global attention that he was invited to appear on The Ellen Degeneres Show.

Josh is an ambassador for the Rick Hansen Foundation; is the president for the LIVE it LOVE it Foundation; was named 2012 National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year;” and the documentary that features him, Freedom Chair, has won numerous film festival awards.  Josh is also a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Recipient.


Josh Dueck asks out loud how the “worst thing to happen in your life” can sometimes be the best thing that has ever happened to you in your life, and how to embrace life’s challenges to realize your true potential.

Overcoming Adversity

Josh Dueck looks at the truism that “in adversity there is always opportunity.”


Josh Dueck explains how being determined and having courage can take you where you want to go, stating, “the right decisions come from love…not fear.”


The successful warrior is the average man with laser like focus – Bruce Lee


A simple formula comes to mind: passion + perseverance = possibility