A former freestyle skiing coach, Dueck broke his back when he overshot a demonstration jump and was told he would have to “rock the world” in a wheelchair. As an ace sit-skier, Dueck has done just that, winning gold in Mono Skier X at the 2011 X Games, bronze at the 2012 X Games and picking up gold in super combined and silver in downhill at the 2014 Paralympics, as well as a silver in slalom at the 2010 Paralympics. In Feb. 2012, Dueck became the first sit-skier to complete a backflip on snow – earning him international acclaim and an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The Kimberley, B.C., native has broken barriers by going cat-skiing and heli-skiing with his sit-ski, and is a vocal advocate for workplace safety and accessibility in sport.
Gold – Super combined – Paralympic Winter Games – Sochi, RUS (2014)
Gold – Mono Skier X – Winter X Games – Aspen, USA (2011)
World champion – Downhill – IPC World Championships – Jeongseon, Korea (2009)
IPC World Cup rankings:
Giant slalom: 13th
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Nickname: Duey is one of many nicknames given to me over the years. This one has stuck the most.
First memory of skiing? It was a high school field trip when I was 11. I was about as coordinated as bambi on ice, but there was something about sliding on snow that resonated with me.
Best moment in ski racing? Being in the start gate in the 2010 Whistler Paralympics.
Worst moment in ski racing? No worst moment in particular; it’s the tough times that reveal your true character.
What is your Parlympic dream? To hear the Canadian anthem while standing atop the podium.
What is the best thing about having the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia? The mountains in Sochi are insane and the downhill track has the potential to be the most dynamic and exhilarating run I have ever seen or skied.
If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be? If I’m over-charged then I’ll grab some mellow beats like Bob Marley. Alternately, if I’m feeling lethargic I’ll crank up some Metallica.
If you could bring any three people in the world - living or from the past - to one of your races, who would they be? 1. My wife and daughter, for obvious reasons. She’s my rock and the wind beneath my wings. 2. My parents because they’re my parents. 3. Bob Marley. He’s a preacher man with a great ear for music.
What’s a talent or skill you have that fans might be surprised to learn about? I’m totally into yoga these days. I’m not so talented or skilled but I enjoy moving around on the mat.
If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it? The day would start off bright and early, watching the sunrise over the mountains. I’d ski all morning with friends and together we would head to the ocean and surf the afternoon away. We’d have a big bonfire and BBQ on the beach to finish, watching the sunset on a day well played.
If you could own a business or be trained in any career other than ski racing, what would you choose? I am already working on my business career for after ski racing. It’s called www.liveitloveit.org
When I’m not skiing, you can probably find me: in the sunshine, on the dirt, catching a wave or in the air.
What’s the best thing about your hometown? It’s a mountain town filled with awesome people.
Name the most surprising thing in your suitcase when you’re on the road: A yoga mat. But if you know me then you wouldn’t really be too surprised.
What's your favorite thing to eat or drink during race season? The fresh fruit smoothies that come from my wife’s kitchen.
If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be? It’d be Whistler, B.C., for sure. The track is super dynamic, the village has everything you need and you’re only a short drive from the ocean.
Where is your favorite place to race or train? I really enjoy training in Kimberley, B.C. The hill is really good and there’s a part of me that really enjoys going back to where I learned how to ski.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I’d like to be able to levitate and utilize the cosmic superhighways. It’s faster, cheaper and way cooler than modern transport.
If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be? I’d have two dream homes: one on the ocean in Hawaii and the other nestled in the mountains someplace in B.C.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen a teammate do while on the road? Nothing funny happens on the road. We’re not allowed to have fun. We’re a professional ski team and we have to take our jobs seriously. Just kidding.
Who is someone you admire in sport? Mike Douglas. He’s a pioneer in the freeski world and has found a way to reinvent himself several times over the years. He’s a world-class competitor, innovator, coach, designer, filmmaker and producer. He’s played a prominent role in the ski world for over two decades and he’s just getting warmed up.
1st- Super-G - Tarvisio, ITA (Feb. 2014)
1st - Super combined - Tarvisio, ITA (Feb. 2014)
2nd - Super-G - Panorama, CAN (Jan. 2014)
1st - Slalom - Coronet Peak, NZ (Aug. 2013)
3rd - Slalom - Sochi, RUS (March 2013)
1st - Super-G - Panorama, B.C. (March 2012)
2nd - Giant slalom - Arta Terme, ITA (2011)
3rd - Super combined - Sestriere, ITA (2010)
3rd - Slalom - Abtenau, AUT (2010)
1st - Downhill - Whistler, B.C. (2009)
2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Sochi, RUS
1st - Super combined
2nd - Downhill
2010 Paralympic Winter Games - Whistler, B.C.
2nd - Slalom
5th - Downhill
13th - Super-G
Sport Chek Canadian Para-Alpine Championships
2014 Canadian champion in giant slalom
2013 Canadian champion in giant slalom
2010 Canadian champion in giant slalom
2009 Canadian champion in giant slalom and slalom
2008 Canadian champion in giant slalom and slalom
2007 Canadian champion in giant slalom and super-G
IPC World Championships
6th - Super-G - La Molina, SPA (2013)
5th - Downhill - Sestriere, ITA (2011)
8th - Super-G - Sestriere, ITA (2011)
10th - Super combined - Sestriere, ITA (2011)
7th - Giant slalom - Sestriere, ITA (2011)
5th- Super-G - High1, KOR (2009)
16th - Super-G - High1, KOR (2009)
6th - Giant slalom - High1, KOR (2009)
1st - Downhill - High1, KOR (2009)