Three-time Paralympic medallist Josh Dueck of Vernon has announced his retirement from competition.

Three-time Paralympic medallist Josh Dueck of Vernon has announced his retirement from competition.

Vernon’s Josh Dueck announces retirement from competition

Three-time Paralympics medallist retires to spend more time with his family

Three-time Paralympic medallist Josh Dueck of Vernon has announced he is retiring from competitive ski racing, effective immediately.

Dueck, an ace sit-skier on the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team, who most recently won gold and silver medals at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games, plans to stay involved in the sport in a number of ways.

However, he will be exchanging race bibs for the spit-up bibs of his young daughter, Nova, as he takes time to focus on family and life in Vernon with his wife, Lacey.

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. He has done just that: since his introduction to para-alpine racing in 2005 – just one year after his accident – Dueck has earned 10 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup podiums, was crowned the 2009 world downhill champion, and won gold in super combined and silver in downhill at the 2014 Paralympics, as well as silver in slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games.

Dueck won gold in Mono Skier X at the 2011 X Games, and in 2012 became the first sit-skier to complete a backflip on snow – a feat that earned him international acclaim and an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

See Friday’s Morning Star for more with Dueck from Alpine Canada…