VERNON – He’s well known for his sit-ski stunts and winning big at the Sochi and Vancouver Paralympics, now Josh Dueck is retiring from ski racing.
At home in Vernon, with his 13-month-old daughter Nova sitting on his lap, Dueck explains why he is stepping back from racing.
“My reason for retirement is sitting right in front of me. She has grown-up quick and I don’t really want to miss out on it,” he says.
“It has been a lot that has happened in the last ten years and sometimes we have to slow down and remember what has happened,” says Dueck’s wife Lacey. “I think over the next few months we really just want to take that time and be with family and allow everything to really sink in.”
They will have a lot to reflect on.
At the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games Dueck won a silver medal.
Four years later, he took home gold and silver at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics.
But the 33-year-old says as he retires from ski racing it’s the people that he’ll really miss.
“I would definitely list people well above some of the competitive highlights because those highlights wouldn’t have happened in my career if it wasn’t for the people,” says Dueck.
Although he is retiring from racing, he’s not leaving skiing behind.
He’s planning to spend more time at the local mountain and continue participating in the X Games.