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BE INSPIRATION │KNOWLEDGE


Josh Dueck was an aspiring skier and coach until a ski accident in 2004 changed his life for good. Despite his comeback and success in the world of competitive sit-skiing, he wasn't content. Josh's dream is to tackle the backcountry and the steepest and wildest mountains in the world ‒ and with his infectious outlook, he may just catch his dream.


Checkout Josh’s inspiring adventures at: https://www.facebook.com/FreedomChair or www.JoshDueck.com


How has your attitude to life changed since your accident? I have a stronger appreciation for life, and those we share our planet with. It's not that I took things for granted prior to my accident, but more that I was not as grateful for the opportunities I had.


What was key to embracing a positive perspective? When the doctor broke the news to me about the gravity of the situation when I broke my back, he said I was going to rock in a wheelchair and that I would be enjoying the mountains with all my friends in a 'sit ski'. He gave me something to look forward to. I occasionally look back and wonder what life would have been like, but I never fixate on it.


Move forward and set positive goals and great things will happen.


Where do you source inspiration for daily motivation? Inspiration is all around us; all you have to do is look, listen feel. Be open to whatever inspires you.


The Freedom Chair can you tell us about this? The 'freedom chair' is a short documentary of my story as a skier. I teamed up with the guys at switchbackentertainment.com with the intention to do a short 5 min webisode of me skiing powder. As the trip went we ended up getting too much good footage to pack into a 5 min short. Mike Douglas (producer) suggested we do a documentary and by all measure it was a good idea.


What is your advise for anyone facing overwhelming obstacles? You never know what you can achieve until you try.


Take one small step outside your comfort zone and you'll find that's where the magic is.


Finally, whats next for the 'Free Spirit'?


My plan is to spend as much time as I can exploring the backcountry in my sit ski; looking for creative ways to get up and come back down again. I'm also going to learn how to surf this spring down in Cali with the highfivesfoundation.org - I'm pretty much game for anything that's fun and outside.


What has your spirit for freedom enabled you to achieve? My spirit is playful and I like to play. Freedom is a byproduct to listening to the deep feeling inside to be outside and play.


What avenues hold the greatest potential to open more doors for disabled athletes?


I think all avenues are worth exploring and each have their own unique value. For me I got my best start by playing the social media game, once I established a online personae other opportunities presented themselves. Technology is huge, equipment is the biggest battle I fight on a daily basis. If we can create a better connection between the athlete and the medium they play on it will open up doors once thought impossible.


Photo: Kevin Bogetti-Smith


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