“To live a life of adventure is my wildest dream come true”. – Josh Dueck
There are people that we look up to because they chase their dreams, and people who we look up to because they overcome obstacles. There are also people that don’t chase dreams, but create them; people that don’t overcome obstacles, but obliterate them. People like Josh Dueck.
I’ve spoken before about how inspiring sports can be, and how inspiration often goes far beyond the sport. The notion that sports give us an expressive outlet, a purpose, and a goal – but that it is about so much more than being the fastest or strongest – rather it is about being the best version of ourselves, the best person. If I could capture all of that inspiration and personify it, it would come out looking a lot like Josh.
It’s true that my personal gratitude and awe for Josh may be less if I didn’t know him as my hometown hero; If we didn’t grow up skiing the same runs, or sitting in the same classrooms. Maybe if I had only heard of him through the coverage of the 2010 and 2014 Winter Paralympics, or if I had only seen him on Ellen, or on the big screen premier of The Freedom Chair, or the video of his groundbreaking back flip on national news…maybe then would I be less inspired. But I doubt it.
Josh has won the hearts of all Canadians, of skiers, of adventure seekers and dreamers. He has inspired so many in the 6 years of his professional skiing career, but the most impressive thing is that we’re not only inspired by his skiing (We definitely are, he’s won 3 Olympic medals!) but more by his eagerness to share and teach, and his relentless quest for adventure and happiness.
Today Josh has announced that he is retiring from competitive ski racing, and looking ahead to more time with his family while working on a book about his challenges and triumphs! We’re proud to say that we share roots with Josh, but more importantly we’re proud of all that he has accomplished and how many people he has inspired to LIVE!
Congratulations on an outstanding career Josh, you continue to make us all proud!