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.