SOCHI, RUSSIA, March 16, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee
announced today that para-alpine sit-skier Josh Dueck has been selected
as flag bearer for Canada at the closing ceremony of the 2014
Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
A double medallist in Sochi, Dueck won gold in the super combined and
silver in the downhill. His Sochi performance brings his career
Paralympic medals total to three, as he won a silver medal at the
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games. The 33-year-old from Kimberley, B.C.
gained worldwide acclaim in 2012 when he became the first person in the
world to complete a backflip in a sit-ski.
"I'm really excited, I couldn't be happier," said Dueck. "I really can't
imagine what will go through my mind when we enter the stadium. What a
great honor. I ski because I love to ski, but I compete for Canada, so
to have an opportunity to bring the flag in for the closing ceremony is
Making the honor even more special for Dueck is the fact that he has
never been to a Paralympic Games opening or closing ceremony before,
due to his racing schedule.
"So this is my first time going to the big show and I get to carry the
flag! It's awesome," Dueck said. "Our team rocked. We're skiing well.
We met our targets. Tip of the hat to all our coaches and staff, it was
cool to see a plan come to fruition."
"The selection of Josh Dueck as Canada's flag bearer for the Sochi 2014
Paralympic Winter Games closing ceremony was one reflecting the focus
of our Canadian Team on performing in the moment," said Team Canada
Chef de Mission Ozzie Sawicki. "Josh embraced this and certainly led by
example throughout the alpine events at the Games. Canada can be
extremely proud of the results from all of our Canadian athletes and I
know Josh will lead our Canadian Paralympic Team into the closing
ceremony with the pride representative of our entire team."
Dueck is coached by Jean-Sébastien Labrie and Brianne Law, along with
Sven Pouliot, Jocelyn Huot and Lasse Ericsson.
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For full information about Team Canada at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic
Games, please visit paralympic.ca/team-canada.
SOURCE: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
For further information:
Media attaché, para-alpine
SOCHI cell: 011-7-938-454-3196
Press Chief and para-snowboard media attaché
SOCHI Cell: 011-7-938-454-3162
Executive Director, Communications & Marketing
Canadian Paralympic Committee
SOCHI cell: 011-7-938-454-3179
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